July 18th, 2007

Kayaks in Kugaaruk
Efforts are being made to bring tourists to Kugaaruk, according to Loy Lacson, community economic development officer. The community's economic development office is preparing to hold a kayak building, traditional sewing, and carving workshop this August, she said. Elders will teach community members how to build a kayak out of seal skin and sew it traditionally using a thread made from caribou, said Lacson. "We will be trying to train the youth and the other people who are interested to have some new knowledge," said Lacson. The project, the first of its kind in the community, is funded by the Government of Nunavut's Department of Economic Development and Transportation, according to Lacson. The hope is to encourage traditional arts in Kugaaruk to bring more tourists to the community, she said.

Group to advise gov't on labour
SASKATOON -- The minister of advanced education and employment will soon be receiving strategic advice on Saskatchewan's labour market from business leaders across the province. Nineteen people representing labour, business, training, government and social economy were announced as the members of the new Saskatchewan Labour Market Commission (SLMC) Wednesday, marking the beginning of their work to consolidate the sectors and address economy concerns.