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Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut: Teacher in remote Inuit community teaches students to garden

Qikiqtarjuaq formerly known as Broughton Island is a community located on the island of the same name in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The island is known for Arctic wildlife and whale watching. At the 2016 census the population was 598.

Malcolm, who teaches at the Inuksuit School, is trying to help combat food insecurity for his students by teaching them to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

By Ellen Brait
The Star
April 26, 2017


Malcolm said he plans to offer gardening as a weekly science project or after school extra-curricular, only for students who are interested.

“There is a lot of interest among students,” he said. “They love planting stuff and growing in class too. It’s a novelty for them to see plants bearing fruit because you just don’t see it in the wild here.”

He’s already ordered seeds for a variety of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, beans, melons, and carrots, and he has several litres of soil ready to use. He’s also hoping to obtain a small heater as “it’s cool at night.”

Eventually Malcolm is hoping gardening their own food is “something that the community will embrace too.”

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