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With 1 word a day, this man is teaching the world how to speak Inuktitut

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Angus Andersen doesn’t have internet at home.

Every day he goes to the mall, Tim Hortons, his favourite bakery in downtown St. John’s, N.L. — somewhere with wireless. He connects to the internet, logs on to Twitter, and sends out an Inuk word of the day.

« Today’s first one was tassiujak — a saltwater pond, » he said.

Andersen’s social media accounts have gotten so popular he’s increased his output to two, sometimes three words of the day. (Twitter)

« If you know where there’s a saltwater pond, you know where there’s going to be good small game and fish. »

Andersen was born in the 1960s. He was raised in what is now Torngat Mountains National Park, on the northern tip of Labrador.

« My father and my grandparents were fisher people, both my grandparents, » he said. « I was fortunate to … be taught how to live off the land, how to hunt, how to trap, the old-school way. »

He lived there until he was old enough for school, then he was sent nearly 400 kilometres south to Nain, the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

The English school lessons eroded his knowledge of Inuktitut. If it wasn’t for his grandmother, he would have lost it altogether.

« When I was about 10 or 11, she said if you don’t speak to me in Inuktitut, don’t talk to me, » Andersen said.

Andersen’s words of the day come with a tidbit of traditional knowledge about the word. (Twitter)

After he finished school he moved to southern Canada. He followed work around until he settled in St. John’s. He’s been there for the past 20 years.

He never makes it back to where he was raised because it’s too expensive. Even flying to Nain can be about two thousand dollars, he says.

But Andersen still remembers what it was like during the old times and he does what he can to pass it on.

His Inuk tweets are one way. He also teaches soapstone carving, gives one-on-one Inuktitut classes — on Facebook or in person — and he teaches the history of Labrador Inuit from pre-colonial times until the present.

« Eight-thousand years of history in one hour, » Andersen said, with a laugh.

‘I’m doing what an Inuk is supposed to do’

Andersen thinks his grandparents would approve of how he uses social media to share his knowledge.

« I’m doing what an Inuk is supposed to do when they come to a certain age. You learn so much, and now you teach, » he said.

Andersen had 137 followers when he started sharing Inuk tweets. Now, he has nearly 3,000.

Rachelle Belanger is in her second year of teaching college, in Ottawa.

She saw one of Andersen’s tweets and immediately followed him. Then, she reached out to him, to ask if she could integrate his words of the day into her classroom lessons.

« As someone who’s going to be teaching some of these things, or at least some of the history in my classes, I want to get information from the source as much as possible, » she said.

Andersen says he makes his Inuk tweets simple, easy to understand, and easy to build on from day to day. He says he’s just one of many other Inuit and First Nations people who are doing the same.

« We are trying to help you learn about us, » he said. « With one word at a time you can learn quite a bit. »

In fact, his Inuk word of the day tweets have gotten so popular he’s started to do two a day, and three on Fridays.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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