Keeping our traditions alive

by Navalik Tologanak- July 9, 2018

UBLUKKUT IKALUTUUTIAMIN. INUIN NAMAINNAKTUT. IKALIKIYUT KUVYALIKIYUTLU AUDLATTIYUTLU AKOLAILGOMILU PIFFILIUKTUT. AKHAYONNUAK KUVYALIKIYUK KOANA. NAMAINNAKTUK. HIKUILIKTUK HAMNA. NIPALIPAKMAN KAYAKTUGIAMI. NAMAINNAKTUT INUIN. NAMAKLUHI. TITIGAKNIAKPUNGA ILANI.

Good day from the island of the ice and dusty roads of Cambridge Bay.

A most beautiful time of the year when everyone is busy harvesting fish. Soon the ice on the ocean will disappear quickly, hopefully soon so that residents can begin to go boating and head towards mainland to go hunting, berry picking, fishing, camping, visiting family/friends. Also the unwanted mosquitoes probably be here very soon.

The community of Cambridge Bay is busy making itself beautiful as residents clean up garbage, and a few areas look so clean once again, still more to do, the hamlet municipal workers are very busy hauling big pieces of unwanted garbage to the dump, KOANA! Let’s keep up the cleaning and picking up garbage everyone, keep our community looking clean and beautiful. Koana to everyone who makes it possible to help our community and just cleaning up in our own yards.

The residents are very happy that fish are plenty again, so many are ice-hopping on the Arctic Ocean down at Gravel Pit. Few families and campers are busy with their fish nets while the ice chunks are not ashore. Beautiful Arctic char drying on racks is the most beautiful site to see when driving and riding by down at Gravel Pit and other camp sites in our area.

Be safe while on the ice hopping, the ice will tend to move so please be prepared and careful. Enjoy fishing, nice to be able to still go fishing, after all Cambridge Bay and area of our ancestors are fish and caribou people, walking all over hunting and fishing. Living that good life, many Inuit here still do that. We must teach our children what our ancestors have lived and passed onto us. Love our Elders for their expertise and skills and knowledge of our great and proud culture. My connection to the land is very powerful when I am out there on the land, I can hear our ancestors speaking to us, guiding us, walking beside us. Let us keep up with our stories of our ancestors and follow their footsteps. Be proud of who you are as Inuinnait.

God be with you son.

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