A formal ceremony was held May 12 to recognize the new Junior Rangers program in Iglulik, the 20th Junior Rangers group in Nunavut. The 43 youth in the program, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, are taught traditional on-the-land skills and how to conduct drills, and receive counselling on healthy lifestyles.
Lt.-Col. Sylvie Gilbert of Joint Task Force North, accompanied by Ranger Cpl. Solomon Mikki, inspects the Junior Canadian Rangers in Iglulik in May. They are followed by Premier Paul Quassa and Ranger Sgt. Moses Iqqaqsaq and, at the rear, Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk and Iglulik Mayor Celestino Uyarak. The Junior Rangers at left, from foreground, are Edna Qaunaq, Zipporah Saqpina, Kunnuk Atagutsiak and Jennifer Quassa. photo by Capt. Waheed Johnston
From left, commissioner of oaths Angeline Sarpinak, Iglulik patrol commander Ranger Sgt. Moses Iqqaqsaq, deputy chief of staff support with Joint Task Force North Lt-Col. Sylvie Gilbert, deputy commanding officer for 1 CRPG Maj. Stephen Wright and Mayor Celestino Uyarak sign the official stand-up certificate for the new Junior Ranger group in Iglulik. photo by Capt. Waheed Johnston Special guests along with Iglulik Junior Canadian Rangers gather for a group photo. The unit consists of 43 Junior Rangers. Front row, from left, Ranger Cpl. Solomon Mikki, Major Stephen Wright, Mayor Celestino Uyarak, Premier Paul Quassa, Lt.-Col. Sylvie Gilbert, Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk, and Master Cpl. Lucy Qattalik. Middle row, from left, Kylie Angutimarik, Roger Taqqaugaq, Ace Immaruitok, Kirk-Paul Kunnuk, Monica Taqqaugaq, Thaddeus Attagutaluk, Edna Qaunaq, McKayla Qaunaq, Kobe Airut, Shanaid Iyyiraq, Jennifer Quassa, Kunnuk Attagutsiak, Neil Qaunaq, Dylan Kadlutsiak, Neil Tulugarjuk, Zipporah Saqpina, Janelle Attagutaluk, Bianca Amaaq, Sara Quassa, Dasha Iyyiraq, Tupac Natar, Claire Qulaut, Gabriel Sarpinak and Patrick-John Attagutaluk. Back row, from left, Charlotte Angugatsiak, Marlene Angutiqjuaq, Zacharius Awa, Randy Amaaq, Noah Mikki, Eldin Natar, Gouchard Uttak, Melvin Taqqaugaq, Isaiah Qattalik, Ian Iqqaqsaq, Howard Ulayuk, Myles Iyerak, Andrew Immaruitok and Athena Pauloosie. photo by Capt. Waheed Johnston