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My Village in Nunavik Directed by Bobby Kenuajuak Produced by Nicole Lamothe Photo by: Martin F. Leblanc


ᓄᓇᒐ ᓄᓇᕕᒃᒥ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᑦᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐹᐱ ᕿᓐᓄᐊᔪᐊᖅ ᑕᕐᕆᔮᓕᐊᖓ ᓂᑰᓪ ᓚᒫᑦ ᐊᑦᔨᓕᐅᒐᖓ: ᒫᕐᑎᓐ F. ᓚᐸᓛᓐᒃ


“It’s a multi-partner approach,” he says. “It does make


the process more complicated, but the end product and the needs that it meets are much more satisfying.” Among those who should find it exceptionally satisfying


is Martha Flaherty, an Inuk living in the National Capital region who speaks several Inuktitut dialects and has a demonstrable talent for the kind of skilled narration that Unikkausivut would demand. In addition to providing the essential narration for many of the older films, her own story has already provided the basis for one of the NFB’s latest offerings. She is the grand- daughter of Joseph Flaherty, who in the 1920s produced the famous film Nanook of the North, which provided the world with one of the most enduring — if occasionally exaggerated or downright erroneous — depictions of Canada’s North. The filmmaker never acknowledged fathering a child while he was in the Arctic, nor did he ever return to the region to confirm that he might even have known about any offspring. That child, Martha’s father, established a family that subsequently entered one of the darker chapters in the modern history of Canada’s North: the relocation of communities from northern Quebec into the more barren setting of Ellesmere Island in the 1950s. In a 2008 film, Martha of the North, produced by Les


Productions Virage in association with the NFB, she recounts the devastating impact of this transition on her family and others. The account offers a powerful testament to the Inuit role in an historic episode that could well have remained forgotten. And that account will become even more powerful within the context of Unikkausivut, which will present films embodying the colonial regard that Canada adopted toward the Inuit in the 1950s.


“ᐅᓄᖅᑐᑦ-ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᖅᑐᖅ. “ᐊᐅᓚᓂᕆ -


ᔭᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᐱᔭᕐᓃᓂᖅᓴᐅᒍᑕᐅᔪᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓕ ᐃᓱᐊᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᓕᓐᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᒍᑕᐅᑉᐸ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᕈᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᖁᔭᓇᖅᑑᓗᓂ.” ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᖃᓪᓚᑦᑖᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓪᓚᕆᓐᓂᐊᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᒫᑕ


ᕙᓚᐅᕋᑎ, ᐃᓄᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᒃᑯᕕᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᓐᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᑦᓴᓕᑦᓯᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᔪᓐᖏᓯᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓ ᐅᓂᒃᑲᐅᓯᕗᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᓪᓚᑦᑖᖅᑕᖓᓂᒃ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖄᖓᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᓕᐅᑉ ᓂᐱᓕᕆ - ᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓄᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᑐᖃᐅᓂᖅᓴᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᒐᕐᓂᒃ, ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅᑕᐅᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖓ ᐃᖕᒥᓃᓐᖔᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᓯᒫᓂᑦᑐᖅ ᑐᓐᖓᕕᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᐃᓚᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᑦᓴᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓂᒪᑎᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂᒃ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ. ᐃᕐᖑᑕᑯᓗᒋᒻᒪᒍ ᔫᓯᐱ ᕙᓚᐅᕋᑎ, 1920-ᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᕆᕙᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᕐᔪᐊᖑᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᓇᓄᖅ (Nanook of the North), ᓯᓚᕐᔪᐊᒧᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᔭᐅᒍᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ ᑕᐃᑲᓐᖓᓂᐊᓗᒃ — ᑕᐸᐃᖅᓯᒪᒍᑕᐅᓕᖅ - ᑭᑦᑖᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑕᒻᒪᕈᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᑐᖄᓗᒻᒥᒃ — ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑑᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖓ. ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᕆᔨᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᒃᑲᐃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓐᖏᑦᑐᖅ ᕿᑐᕐᖓᑖᖅᓯ -


ᒪᒋᐊᑦᓴᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ, ᐅᑎᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᓂᓗ ᓄᓇᖓᓄᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒋᐊᖅᑐᓪᓗᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᒥᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᖅᑎᓚᐅᖅᑕᒥᓂᒃ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᓄᑕᕋ, ᒫᑕᐅᑉ ᐊᑖᑖ, ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᑭᖑᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᑖᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓅᓇᓱᐊᕆᐊ ᖃᖅᓯᒪ - ᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᕝᕙᓐᖓᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᓯᐅᑎᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦ ᑕᖅᓯ - ᒪᔪᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖓᓂ: ᓄᒃᑎᖅᑕᐅᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥᒃ ᑭᓱᖓᓐᖏ - ᓯᐊᕐᓂᖅᐹᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᔪᐃᑦᑑᑉ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᖓᓄᑦ 1950-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ. 2008-ᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᒐᖅ, ᒫᑕ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᖅ, ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ Les


Productions Virage,ᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᖅᓱᑎᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑕᕐᕆᔭᒐᒃᓴᓕ - ᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ, ᐃᖅᑲᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᓐᖏᑦᑐᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓅᒋᐊᖃᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓ ᐊᑦᑐᐃᓂᖃ ᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥᓪᓗ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᒌᓄᑦ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓄᓪᓗ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᓴᖅᑭᐅᒪᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓ ᓴᓐᖏᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᒍᑎᒃᓴᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᑕᐅ - ᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂ ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᓚᖓᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᒍᓯᔾᔪᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᓴᓐᖏᓂᖅᓴᒋᐊᓪᓚᑲᓐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓗᐊᓃᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᐅᓂᒃᑲᐅᓯᕗᑦ,


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