The adventure company pledges continued support in the New Year to help make Inuit stories accessible to all Canadians
Port Credit, ON – In the spirit of holiday giving, Adventure Canada has once again pledged support of the Unikkausivut project – a film series showcasing compassionate tales from Canada’s northern communities. The project is in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, the Inuit Relations Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Government of Nunavut, Department of Education. Together and with the help of much-needed contributions, Unikkausivut will make Inuit stories accessible to all Canadians.
Adventure Canada has been active advocates of this project since its launch in 2011. To date, the company has donated at least $15,000 to the project and Adventure Canada passengers an additional $10,000. Travellers sailing with Adventure Canada in 2014 who donate $100 or more will receive an exclusive DVD with a selection of films from Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories.
“Inuit have a long, inspiring tradition of sharing tales and legends from one generation to the next using art, music and storytelling,” says Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada Vice President. “We look forward to supporting the Unikkausivut project again in 2014, and helping to share this vibrant culture with more Canadians and the world.”
For more than 70 years, the National Film Board of Canada has been documenting life in the Arctic, producing an impressive collection of more than 110 films by and about Inuit — a unique audiovisual account of Inuit life past and present.
Adventure Canada guests have candid opportunities to engage and learn from Canada’s northern communities first-hand on Arctic and Labrador sailings. In 2014 the company will introduce an on-board 24-hour documentary channel and continue large-format movie screenings, which will both show select Unikkausivut films.
The Unikkausivut project’s next film to be released will focus on the Nunatsiavut region of Northern Labrador. In 2014 Adventure Canada has two voyages exploring this culturally rich area – Newfoundland and Wild Labrador from June 29 – July 12, 2014, and Greenland and Wild Labrador from September 11 – 24, 2014. Both of these sailings feature chances of seeing polar bears, whales, towering icebergs and dramatic fiords plunging deep into the ocean, as well as meeting proud people who personify resilience.
The Unikkausivut project first launched in 2011 with the release of a DVD box set, a compilation of 24 films, from the four Inuit regions of Canada. The project also gives the public free access to more than 40 Inuit films online at www.NFB.ca/unikkausivut. With continued support, the compilation will be available across Canadian libraries and schools for free, in both French and English.