Today marks the final day of a four-day camping excursion and science camp for Kugluktuk youth who trekked through Kugluk Territorial Park.

This is the second year of the science camp in Kugluktuk.

Rapids and campsite above Bloody Falls at Kugluk Territorial Park near Kugluktuk, where youths have been camping and engaging in a science camp.
D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikimedia Commons photo

“Students will have a chance to go on hikes, learn about wildlife conservation, environmental protection, traditional plant identification and it’s uses, wildlife identification, climate change observations, traditional uses of fish and piffi making and learning about the park as well.” said Leesee Papatsie, Manager of Parks and Heritage Appreciation.

“Because of Covid, we will have 10 to 12 youth this year. We will be using local Elders, Nunavut Parks staff and Climate Change Secretariat staff as instuctors, as well as hiring a local youth to assist in working with the youth.”

Papatsie also noted all instuctors and staff will all be Inuit, adding it is important to show the youth that that Inuit can succeed in the working sector.

“Last years turnout was really good,” she said. “Most northerners know how kids are during the summer, it was amazing to see youth waiting to go to the Park at nine o’clock in the morning. We are aiming for a camping trip, as last year we did day trips.”

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Rita Pigalak - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Rita Pigalak grew up in Kugluktuk and spent most of her adult life there. Inuinnaqtun is her mother tongue. She now lives in Yellowknife but remains intimately connected with her home community and the...