Grateful for an elders feast

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Residents in Kugluktuk have been holding a Thanksgiving feast for elders for 15 years and they did it again this October.

The elementary school hosts the event. Teachers and students are central in organizing the occasion, but there are many other volunteers, according to educator Naomi Tremblay.

“It is truly a community affair,” she said.

Scores of people came to Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik to savour a Thanksgiving dinner earlier this month. School staff and the Ilavut Centre cook the cooked the turkeys. The Kugluktuk Greenhouse donated the salad greens. Brighter Futures, the Northern store, the Enokhok Inn, Hamlet of Kugluktuk staff, the RCMP and the Kugluktuk home care team also pitched in. Photos courtesy of Naomi Tremblay
Agnes Ayalik and Phillip Katiak happily pose for a photo during the Kugluktuk Thanksgiving feast for elders. The Kugluktuk Heritage Fund Committee contributed the funds to cover this year’s event.
If the food alone wasn’t enough to induce a smile, a hug would do the trick. Doris Kallak, left, and Helen Whitaker share a friendly embrace.
Students and teachers at Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik helped to prepare and serve food at the Thanksgiving dinner for elders in Kugluktuk earlier this month. From left, Winston Allen, Morgan Taktogon, Brittany Rosborough, Ruby Klengenberg, Martina Okheena and Crystal Anavilok.
Among those who showed up to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal were Marjorie and Colin Havioyak.