Exclusive: Beating addiction by reclaiming Inuit culture

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What began as a desire to “explore the idea of drinking,” became a 28-year addiction with alcohol for Piita Irniq.

At the age of 21, Irniq drank alcohol for the very first time while living in Ottawa. His curiosity for alcohol eventually turned into a coping mechanism for dealing with a dark past.

Piita Irniq on the right, sits with his father Athanasi Angutiaq, little brother Isaia Ivaluqut Ipuittuq and mother Irene Katak in May 1964 while in Naujaat. George Swinton photo

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