Childhood memories from Cambridge Bay

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UBLUKKUT IQALUKTUUTIAMIT. INUIN NAAMMAINNAQTUT. HILA NIGLAQMIJUQ. ALAPPAAQNAQHIJUQ ILLA. QAUMAQPAQTUQ UBLAANUAMI KIHIMI TAAKHIINAKTUQ QILAMINNUAQ. INUIN AUDLAAQPAKTUT TUKTUHIUKTUTLU IQALIKIVAKHUTIK. NUTAQQAT ILIHAKTUT NAAMMAINNAQTUT. QUVIAHUKVIK TIKILIKMAT HANAKIVAQTUT. QUNGNIAKTITINIAQMIJUT DESEMPA 12MI. QULLIIT IKINMIJUT QUVIAHUVINGMI QAKLILIKMAT. PIHUGAGNAT PINNIHIJUQ. HULILUGAKNIAQMIJUT IQALUKTUUTIAMI ULAPQIPGAINIAKMIJUT DESEMPAMI ILIHAKVIKMIGUUK. QINIJAVAHI NANILU HUMUNGNAQQAT ULAPQINAHUAT. NAONAIPKUT TUNIJUKHAT QINIJAVATIT. ALINAQHIJUQ MIQHUQTUT TAUTUGIAMI. ILIHAIJUT TIKIHIMAJUT ULUKHAKTUUMIT. QUANA. PIHOAKLU ANGNAOYOKLU PONGOKLU PANNAKLU ILIHAIJUT KIIHIMAJUNIK KAMMAKNIK. AJUIKHAIJUT QILAMINNUAQ MIKHUKTUT KAMMAKHANIK. QUANA MIKHUJUKTUT ILIHAKTUTLU. ILLA NAAMMAINNAQTUT INUIN. QINIQPAKLUGIT ILATIT.

This group of seamstresses completed their own kiihimajut kammak. In the circle together are: Bessie Pihoak Omigoitok, Tammy Omilgoetok, Trisha Ogina, Lorraine Peterson, Helen Okhina-Blewett, Jenn Angohiatok and Jean Kaniak. Their teachings carry on within Cambridge Bay. To celebrate their projects they drum danced and chanted the traditional songs of their ancestors up at CHARS site.

Merry Christmas from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The Christmas lights are now lit on main street downtown Cambridge Bay. The cold spot now as temperatures reached -51 C which makes it darker and we have less daylight hours, it does not get very bright now, just a couple hours of daylight now.

Soon we will have 24-hour darkness which means more moonlight when clear. Cambridge Bay looks like a little Christmas town all lit up when darkness sets in. A beautiful view when you drive up to the airport road towards tank farm to take a photograph of the community.
In the past at old town across, we would play out when the moonlight is bright as there were no street lights or electricity yet. We only had dogteams then for transportation. I remember going to school by dogteam when done end of school days we would get picked up by dogteam again. These are good childhood memories.

We did not have houses back then, only lived in iglu and tents, then started building cabins to live in as they were warmer. We had oil stoves was a real treasure to have. We hauled water and ice for use in our iglu and tents and cabins. Back then we had a tower which had a light that blinked 24 hours a day, that is when Inuit that lived out on the other parts of the land at their camps would come to our camp/village to visit and shop and share country food. The tower lights were used as a locator knowing you are close to Cambridge Bay.

We knew there was visitors and relatives coming because all the dogs would start barking. We would all get dressed and go outdoors and welcome our visitors. This is when we all put hot water on for tea and put on pots of food on to welcome our visitors, after feasting and getting our visitors and relatives settled, we would have a drum dance in the biggest iglu or tent or cabin.

The cold winter weather has returned after having milder temperatures in full force. Some of the ocean and lakes seem to be different with not fully iced up. So when travelling and going hunting please be careful and watch for open water.

Children at Kullik Ilihakvik are busy preparing for Christmas festivities and we the whole community get all excited for the annual Christmas concert where we get to watch our children and grandchildren perform singing, dancing and acting Christmas. Sometimes we need a bigger school and gymnasium to make sure our whole community has room. Get your cameras ready! Christmas concert is on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Kullik Ilihakvik starting at 6:30pm. See you there.

God Be With You Son.

ᒥᐅᕆ ᑯᕆᓯᒪᓯ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᖅ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ.
ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᒃᓯᐅᑎᑦ ᐃᑭᑦᑕᖅᑐᐃᑦ ᐃᑯᒪᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᐅᓐᑕᐅᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᑉ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓂᒡᓕᓇᕐᓂᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ -51 C–ᒥᒃ ᑖᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓂᐊᖅᓗᓂᓗ, ᖃᐅᒪᓚᐅᐱᓪᓚᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓗᓂ, ᖃᐅᒻᒪᖃᑦᑕᖏᑦᓯᐊᒻᒪᕆᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᕗᖅ, ᐃᑲᕋᐃᑦ ᖃᑦᓰᓐᓇᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖓ.

ᑕᐃᒪ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᓄᑦ 24-ᓄᑦ ᑖᖅᓯᐅᕐᓂᐊᓕᕆᕗᒍᑦ ᐊᓪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑕᖅᑭᓕᓂᖅᓴᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᓂ.
ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᒃᓯᐅᑎᑎᑐᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᙳᐊᖑᔮᖅᐳᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᒃᓯᐅᑎᑦ ᐃᑯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑖᖅᓯᒑᖓᑦ.
ᑲᑦᔮᕐᓇᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᒥᑦᑕᕐᕕᓕᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖃᐅᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᔭᖅᑐᕐᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕ`ᒥᒃ.

ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂ ᓄᓇᑐᖃᖅ ᐊᑭᐊᓂ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᑕᖅᑭᓕᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᖃᐅᒪᑦᓯᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᖃᙱᒻᒪᑕ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᖏᑦ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᖃᖏᑦᓯᐊᒻᒪᕆᒃᖢᑎᒡᓗ. ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂ ᕿᒧᒃᓰᓐᓇᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔭᒃᐸᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ. ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᕗᖓ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕆᐊᖃᑦᑕᖅᖢᑕ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕌᓂᒃᑳᖓᑦᑕᓗ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᐃᔭᐅᕙᒃᖢᑕ. ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᓱᕈᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓇᑦᓯᐊᖅᐳᑦ.

ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᖃᖅᐸᓚᐅᖏᑉᐳᒍᓪᓗ ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂ, ᐃᒡᓗᒥᐅᑕᐅᕙᒃᖢᑕ ᐅᑭᐅᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᐱᕐᒥ ᐊᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ, ᐃᒡᓗᕋᓛᓕᐅᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᖅᖢᑕᓗ ᐅᖅᑰᓂᖅᓴᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ. ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᒃᑰᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᖅᑰᓴᐅᑎᖃᖅᐸᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐊᑲᐅᑦᓯᐊᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ. ᐃᒥᖅᑕᖅᐸᒃᖢᑕ ᓂᓚᒃᑕᕆᐊᖅᐸᒃᖢᑕᓗ ᐃᒡᓗᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᑐᐱᑦᑎᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᐃᒡᓗᐊᓛᑦᑎᓐᓄᓪᓗ.

ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂᓗ ᓇᐸᔪᖅᑕᖃᖅᐸᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᑭᖃᑦᑕᖅᖢᓂ ᖃᒥᖃᑦᑕᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓕᒫᖅ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᐃᑦ 24, ᑖᒃᑯᐊᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᑭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐊᓛᑦᑎᓐᓄᐊᖅᐸᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᐳᓛᕆᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕆᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓂᕆᖃᑎᖃᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ. ᖃᒥᑦᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᑭᑦᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᕆᔭᐅᕙᒃᖢᓂ ᖃᒡᓕᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᒧᑦ.

ᖃᐅᔨᒪᕙᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐳᓛᖅᑕᐅᓂᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᕿᒻᒥᕗᑦ ᕿᓗᓕᕌᖓᑕ. ᐊᓐᓄᕌᖅᑐᖅᖢᑕ ᑐᓐᖓᓱᒃᑎᑦᓯᕙᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᕿᑎᕋᖅᑐᓂᒃ. ᐆᓇᖅᑐᓕᖅᖢᑕᓗ ᑏᓕᐅᕈᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᓂᖅᖠᐅᖅᖢᑕᓗ ᑐᓐᖓᓱᒃᑎᑦᓯᒍᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᑎᑭᕋᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᓂᕆᓚᐅᖅᖢᑕ ᐃᓚᕗᑦ ᐃᓂᓪᓚᒃᑎᓚᐅᖅᖢᒋᓪᓗ, ᕿᓚᐅᔾᔭᖅᑐᖃᓕᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᐃᒡᓗᕕᒑᓗᖕᒥ ᑐᐱᕐᔪᐊᒥᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᐊᓛᒥᓘᓐᓃᑦ.

ᐅᑭᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐃᒃᑮᕐᓇᓪᓚᕆᒃᖢᓂᓗ ᐃᒃᑮᕐᓇᓗᐊᓚᐅᖏᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᖢᓂ. ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᖅ ᑕᓯᓪᓗ ᓯᑯᓪᓚᕆᒃᓯᒪᖏᑉᐳᑦ ᓱᓕ. ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔭᒡᓗᓯ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᐊᕐᓗᓯᓗ ᐅᔾᔨᖅᑐᑦᓯᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᓯ ᐃᒪᖅᓯᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᓯᓗ.

ᓱᕈᓯᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑭᓪᓕᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᕼᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐸᕐᓇᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᖏᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒥᐅᓪᓗ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖃᑦᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᕆᐊᕈᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓂᒃ ᐃᕐᙳᑕᒥᖕᓂᒡᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ, ᒧᒥᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᕐᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᒃᓯᐅᙳᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ.

ᐃᓛᓐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᑖᕆᐊᖃᓕᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐃᖃᐃᓕᓴᕐᕕᖃᕐᓗᓂᓗ ᐊᖏᔪᒥᒃ ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒥᐅᑦ ᐃᓂᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕈᑎᓯ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᓯᒪᓂᐊᖅᐸᓯ! ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᒃᓯᐅᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᓯᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᓯᑕᒻᒥᕐᒥ, ᑎᓴᐱᕆ 12, 2019 ᑭᓪᓕᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᕼᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ 6:30. ᑕᑰᑎᓂᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ.

ᒍᑎ ᐱᓯᒪᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᕐᓃᒃ.