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From fishing to flying drones, program teaches land skills to Inuit youth – Nunatsiaq News

Jul 10, 2023

Nuna Buddies is expanding across Kitikmeot region

A program that teaches traditional and technical skills to Inuit youth is expanding across the Kitikmeot region.

From kayaking to fishing to fire starting, the Nuna Buddies program teaches skills over 10 to 14 days out on the land to help youth connect with their heritage and the environment.

It is run by the Kitikmeot Friendship Society.

“We are also fostering discussions around mental health topics like addiction, smoking, relationships, hygiene, sexual [health] and topics that can help to deal with the everyday life that young people are involved in,” said program director Francis Oduro.

The program is in its third year, and for the first time is offering youth camps not just in Cambridge Bay, but in all five Kitikmeot communities.

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