Kuujjuaq’s Janice Parsons is fighting for the next generation

 By Cedric Gallant  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For Janice Parsons, president of Qarjuit Youth Council, everything started at home. “The sewing, the throat singing, everything was encouraged by my parents,” she said last week in her office in old town Kuujjuaq. “They taught me the importance of being a good person.” Now Parsons is perpetuating the kindness she was taught and sharing her cultural knowledge with the next generation by advocating for better school curriculums in international forums and touring across the North as a traditional performer. Through the Qarjuit Youth Council, she is raising awareness about the lack of activities available to youth and how the school curriculum is inadequate for preparing students for post-secondary education. “The generation before me was really focused on creating activities for youth,” she…

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