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The Right to be Cold

Picture of Inuit author Sheila Watt-Cloutier
25/03/2020

 

I recently read Sheila Watt-Cloutier's book, The right to be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, and I found it very informative, about how backwards the education system was for the Inuit back in the 8o's and 90's. Sheila played a very powerful role in establishing a better education system that is adapted to needs of the Inuit.

Sheila's story of trauma and struggles as an Inuk woman, are heartbreaking. Nevertheless, she persisted to make changes in the education system of the north. She has been a political representative for Inuit at the regional, national and international levels and is trying to make a difference in improving the lives of the young. Sheila is also a strong  advocate to help fight climate change in the North.

She has an informative TedTalk which you can find below. See the list below for more wonderful ebooks by Inuit authors.

 

This blog post was contributed by Christine Ambroise from our Vanier branch.

Image: The Right to Be Cold

The Right to Be Cold

One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet
By Watt-Cloutier, Sheila
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Life Among the Qallunaat

By Freeman, Minnie Aodla
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Fatty Legs

A True Story
By Jordan-Fenton, Christy
Image: A Stranger at Home

A Stranger at Home

A True Story
By Jordan-Fenton, Christy
Image: Sanaaq

Sanaaq

An Inuit Novel
By Nappaaluk, Mitiarjuk
Image: Travelling Love

Travelling Love

By Isaac, Elisapie
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Sweetest Kulu

By Kalluk, Celina
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Mama, Do You Love Me?

By Joosse, Barbara M.
Image: Amun

Amun

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The Raven and the Loon

By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
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How Things Came to Be

Inuit Stories of Creation
By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
Image: ᑐᓗᒐᖅ ᑑᓪᓕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓗ

ᑐᓗᒐᖅ ᑑᓪᓕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓗ

The raven and the loon
By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
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Skraelings

By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
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T Is for Territories

A Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Alphabet
By Kusugak, Michael

Human Trauma and Climate Trauma As One | Sheila Watt-Cloutier | TEDxYYC