When childhood friends Cassidy Lennie-Ipana and Mataya Gillis began their Inuvialuit youth magazine Nipaturuq a year ago, they had no clue they would now be working on its fourth edition.
Gillis, 16, from Inuvik, N.W.T., said it all started when the two took part in the Inuvialuit Living History Project, when they travelled to Ivvavik National Park and had to complete a project in the summer of 2019.
“We thought it would just be this little fake magazine,” Gillis said. “We had no feeling that it was going to be big.”
Now the magazine just landed $25,000 in funding from Canadian Roots Exchange to continue publishing.
Gillis said part of the reason they continued is they started to see the impact of the magazine, which focuses on Inuvialuit youth.
“People just seemed really interested in it and we thought, wow, this could make such a big difference because it’s