November 25, 2009

2010 = Year of the Inuit

2010 declared Year of the InuitThe head of Canada's Inuit organization wants to draw national attention to Inuit culture and issues next year, which has been declared the Year of the Inuit.

Announcing the 12 month-long initiative Wednesday in Ottawa, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Mary Simon said she wants to raise awareness of the challenges Inuit face in Canada.

"The Inuit cannot only be remembered during times of [Arctic] sovereignty issues," Simon said in a news release.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Eskimos:  The Ultimate Aborigines.

Below:  "Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Mary Simon speaks to reporters Wednesday at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa." (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)


dmarks said...

It looks like now it will be the following year in which the movie "The Swarm" (which has an Inuit main character) will be released. I've not been able to find out who will be cast in the role.

Done right, this apocalyptic techno-thriller ("2012" meets James Cameron's "The Abyss") could be a huge hit.

Rob said...

I'd say the odds of Hollywood's hiring an Inuit actor for the lead role in The Swarm are vanishingly small. The filmmakers probably will go with a Latino, an Asian, or an Anglo with a good tan.

dmarks said...

They could also hire a non-Inuit Native. i.e. Wolf Pack members with busy agents arranging auditions.