July 12th, 2007

Kivalliq has potential say business scholars
From: Northern News Services, Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A group of scholars were in Rankin Inlet the week of June 25 as part of a study to find out about doing business in the North. Aldene Meis Mason, a doctoral student at the University of Regina, is studying the use of caribou in commerce in three different Inuit regions, one of them being Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour. "I'm trying to get an understanding of the context, of what it means to be a community here," said Mason. So far, she's noticed how much traditional knowledge is valued alongside more modern, scholastic knowledge. "The traditional hunter is just as rich in knowledge and in life," said Mason. "People here are listening and valuing each other's knowledge. All of these different viewpoints help to move the community forward." Mason travelled with a handful of other scholars, including Ana-Maria Peredo, a professor with the University of Victoria.