Saturday, July 3, 2010

NS conference

this should be easy to write about...

i took Nunavut Sivuniksavut back in the year 2002-2003, back when the world was flat and we had never heard of the internet or even email. i even think tyrannosaurus rex were running around in south america back then, and Dr. Dre was producing big much music hits. way back then...

the 25th year of nunavut sivuniksavut was celebrated last month on the eighteenth of june and went on for the weekend up until the 20th. i am guessing about 70 people registered but disappointedly not many of them attended the actual discussions. the conference consisted of the usual teachers, meaning morley and murray and they provided many of the steps.

many of the alumni that went there had successful jobs and were starting successful lives, owning many things and having many possessions. i am glad that they are successful. and of course i have objections and i will explain.

if you went to NS, do you remember the passion and disgust that we developed regarding nunavut? disgust because we were appalled that we never learned what we did at the school? disgust because we thought nunavut had lots of maneuvering flexibility and to find out it might not be so. passion because we had a promising start to start contributing to the idea of nunavut and what the land claim could have been. passion because we were ready to make a difference.

and having attended the conference, i am unhappy to say that there really was none of that great excitement and passion that is generated from being at NS. why so was that?

my explanation is that many of us have really good jobs and honestly it was easy for most of us to get jobs. have you thought that it was too easy for you? for myself, it has been too easy for me to get a job and i know that it has been pretty easy for you as well. you have great connections and good networking colleagues. what is missing though is the passion to make nunavut into your own, make it into your own place and actually feel like its yours. where did that go? where is the disgust and passion?

obviously, it is not the same for all of us. i don't have the same passion as well.

so what can we do to remedy that?


Terry said...

Sadly reality sets in...but we can still make a difference and I'll let u know how as soon as i find out

M.O. said...

Perhaps the passion when you get to NS, and the lack of passion when you leave NS, are related? I think you had respect for George Carlin, and he's talking about the American Dream, but it's applicable to the dream of Nunavut when he said:

"There's a reason education sucks . . . It's never gonna get better, don't look for it, be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don't want that. . . They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. . . That doesn't help them, that's against their interests. . . They want obedient workers! Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paper work, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs, with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. . . It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in The Big Club."

Throbbin said...

I wish I was there, and I'm not surprised people weren't as enthusiastic or concerned as they once were.

I am not finding it easy to find a job. I've applied for over 30 jobs in different Departments and at NTI. Got a coupla interviews. Was offered one job, then it was withdrawn on a technicality.

I don't have good networks (or if I do I don't try to make use of them to find a job). I am struggling. I was one of the few in my NS class that went on to school. I've learned all I could in many different courses, programs, and reading up on different issues on my own time. You know this, better than most.

So why can't I find a job? Why can't I own nice possessions? Why is it so hard for me when I tried to hard, and so easy for others who didn't do shit?

This is Nunavut. This is the Nunavut I have a problem with, and this is the Nunavut that has a problem with me.

It's really just about sacrifice - and those folks at the conference just aren't willing to sacrifice. Are you?

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