By Wendy Elliott
The new Acadia Indigenous Students’ Society held a day-long event Jan. 24 to celebrate Artic Appreciation, featuring Inuit cultural teacher and elder David Serkoak.
Serkoak held discussions with political science students about Northern identity, Canadian public policy and Inuit culture and education.
During a public lecture in the evening, Serkoak spoke about Inuit history and the changes he has witnessed in his culture. Then he led a drumming workshop with assistance from student Kerri Tattuinee.
Serkoak told his audience about hiding behind a boulder as a child and falling in love with music while watching a whaler play an accordion.
A groundbreaking Nunavut educator, he has been teaching for 33 years using Inuktitut and traditional teachings in the classroom long before it was common practice.