Cambridge Bay tea talk: Take care of each other

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HALUUQQUGUT. IQALUKTUUTIAKMIUT NAAMMAINNAQTURUT. HILA ALIANAQHIJUQ. QAUMALIQPAKTUK UPLANNUAMI. UPINGALIKTUK. INUIN IQALIKIJUT AUDLAATIJUTLU KUVYALIKTUTLU HILA ALIANAQHIMAN. IPAKHANI PIQHIQPAKTUK. INUIN AUDLAAQNAHUAT AHU. UMIKHIMANGMATTA ILIHAKVIIT. TAMNA AANNIARUT TIKINMAT NUNAQJUAMUN ILLA. NIUVIKVIIT KIHIMI UNGMAUMAJUT QUANA ILLA. NIGIVIITLU INUINLU QABLUNAATLU HAVAKVIIT UMIKHIMANNIAQTUT. NAAMMAJAVUN ILLA. UAQPAKLUGIT ALGATITGUUK.

Cambridge Bay is once again pulling together as a community to combat COVID-19 that has affected the whole world. Many decisions have been made to keep our community safe and healthy.

The schools have shut down to protect our children and to the staff.

Special to have Dene visiting our community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Here is Philip Liske, Joseph Judas, Elder Angnaoyok Mary Kaniak and Ted Tsetta at the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board meetings held in Cambridge Bay in early March.
Navalik Tologanak/NNSL photo

The restaurants have closed, only open for take-out orders, daycare has closed till further notice for our wee ones, many businesses and organizations have also decided to close their offices and employees are working out of their homes.

Hotels are very quiet only taking minimal number of guests. The airlines have decreased their flights to Cambridge Bay, only urgent/necessary medical appointments are still there, patients are able to go if urgent. The Co-op store the cashiers and employees are busy sanitizing counters and shopping carts and door knobs etc. to keep customers safe from potential germs.

The Elks Club is closed until further notice. Organizations that serve the general public such as the housing association have shut down person to person appointments, etc., only emergencies are being taken care of.

Now that the weather is warmer for now, it is much easier on the maintenance crew to handle emergencies. Hamlet offices are closed along with all recreational activities, public gatherings are cancelled, Elders Palace is shutdown also. Our Elders who work at the Heritage Society sewing and teaching will be at home now till further notice.

Too cute the Elders were taught not to accept hugs and doing elbow hugs. Too cool.
More outdoor activities are happening as a result. A lot of kids are playing out, now that the weather is warmer and school is shutdown. Our CCC where our Elders are at Health Centre are being closely monitored, they enjoy the warmer weather.

We love them so much. Try not to visit them till this virus is over. They are well taken care of.

I notice a lot of families are hoping to go camping and out to their cabins, which is a good idea. Keep safe out there.

Employees working out at Hope Bay TMAC mine site are being sent home till further notice. NIRB offices are closed but employees working out of their homes also. KIA also closed their offices.

Inuit are known to visit each other and this still happens today like the old days. It will be difficult for some Inuit to understand, but explain to our Elders and children what is going on about the virus.

Quana Cambridge Bay, Nunavut for pulling together as a caring community to keep the coronavirus away from us all.

Take care everyone. Wash your hands.

God Be With You Son.

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