Tuesday, October 6, 2009

happy birthday to you!

Birthday greetings are hugely popular on Arviaqpaluk, Arviat's community radio station. Because so many people want to wish their loved ones happy birthday (or anything else) on the radio, there are time limits -- if you live in Arviat, you get 5 minutes on air, if you're calling from out of town you have 10 minutes, and Elders can go on the air for as long as they like. This is a radio birthday greeting in Inuktitut and English recorded last week.


  1. This is great. I've heard so many stories from Sally about the radio station but this is the first time I've heard a broadcast!

  2. I think my favorite birthday greetings are when parents go on the air and then hand the phone to their kids, and prompt them to remember all of their relatives. "Say happy birthday to Liam." "Happy Birthday Liam." "And say hi to your Auntie." "Hi Ananaka." "And Emily." "Hi Emily."