Timiga Ikumajaq, My Body the Light Within was a partnership event hosted by Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Nunatsiavut DHSD and the SHIELD Project in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Nunatsiavut DHSD arranged facilitator training by the QHRC team on September 15 and 16 in their performing arts, visual arts, and storytelling workshop for a team of Labradorians. Nunatsiavut, QHRC and SHIELD Project staff then worked together to offer an evening workshop on September 16 2021.
Our group got to know one other through some icebreakers before jumping in to a body mapping exercise to explore sense of self and direction.
Youth were also gifted Inuit books and stories from a selection provided by Nunatsiavut DHSD!
The night ended with an introduction to and interactive performance of Uaajeerneq with youth participants. This Greenlandic mask dance is one of the oldest dramatic art expressions among Inuit in Greenland and focuses on elements of fear, humor and sexuality.
We are hugely grateful to have been part of this event. Thank you to everyone who attended and facilitated.