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SUBJECT: New board game aims to help Inuit children learn about career options while they play; official launch of game to be held on Sept. 14
DATE: Sept. 13, 2004

Officials from the Labrador Inuit Association, Memorial University, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will be launching a new board game designed for Inuit youth which seeks to blend greater awareness of career options and fun.

The board game — called The Career Learning Game — will be officially launched at a ceremony to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, in room UC- 4002, located in the Smallwood Centre on Memorial’s St. John’scampus. Participants in this ceremony include:

  • Dr. Axel Meisen, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University
  • William Andersen III, president, Labrador Inuit Association
  • Tom Rideout, minister, Aboriginal Affairs, minister of Works, Services and Transportation
  • Dr. Lilly Walker, dean, Student Affairs and Services, MemorialUniversity
  • Lucy Brennan, LIA post-secondary co-ordinator.

The board game is a joint effort of the Labrador Inuit Association, including the LIA Post Secondary Student Support Programs; the Counselling Foundation of Canada; and Memorial’s Department of Career Development and Experiential Learning. The game was developed to assist Inuit students identify future career paths and what is required to effectively prepare them for the future. Research indicates that career information is a missing link for most students in the preparation of their careers.

The game is interactive and includes a game board, specially developed game pieces with careers noted on each, individual game cards, and a teacher preparation package that identifies what types of careers are available and what type of education is required to prepare the individual for a specific career.

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