Thanks to the FLAS Fellowship, the Canadian Studies Center, and the study of Inuktitut and the Inuit people of Nunavik, my academic program has been enriched beyond my expectations. Not only have my research and dissertation taken on aspects and elements far more wide-reaching than previously thought possible, my personal and professional experiences living with an Inuit family in the Arctic have also been the highlight of my entire graduate school life.
I would like to thank Nadine Fabbi, Dan Hart, Mary Ann Curtis, the Avataq Inuit Cultural Center (Inukjuaq), and Donat Savoie of the Canadian Department for Indian and Northern Affairs for their generosity, confidence, and for being, to put it simply – wonderful! I would also like to thank Mick Mallon, my first Inuktitut instructor, who was injured in a crevasse in Nunavut. I am glad to report that Mick is fully recovered and is continuing his work promoting and preserving Inuktitut in the North. He is a real trouper – and also one of the world’s leading Inuktitut teachers and scholars. We are thrilled that he’s back in the field. Nakurmiik, Thank you, Merci!