Remembering winter caribou harvests

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HALLUU INUIN HUMILIKAK. NAMAINNAKTUT INUIT IKALUKTUTIAMI. KUVIAHUKVIK TIKKILIKMIYUK. ULAPKINAHUAT DEC 14MIT JANUARY 10MUT. TATYA KINIKTUT KITKUT IKAYUGUMAYUN ULAPKIYAMI INUIN. ILAUYUMAGUVIT KATIMANIAKTUT IHUAKHAILUTIK . UPAINAGIALIK KIVGALOKMUN WELLNESSMI. HIVAYAUTA 983-4670. NUTAKKAT ILIHAKTUT TAIMAKNAHUAT DECEMBER 14MI UTIKLUTIK JANUARY 3 UKIUK NUTAAMI. HILAKPUT NIGLAKTUK. HIKUGAMILU TAKYUK. HIKINIKLU KULVAKPAKTUK KILAMINNUAK TAMMAKHUNI. NAMAKLUHI ILLA. MUNAGILUGIT KINNIKPAKLUGIT NUTAKKATITLU ILATITLU. KUNIKPAGA AMANNUAK NUYAKIKLU KUKLUKTUMI.

Navalik Tologanak/NNSL photo
Cambridge Bay’s Mayor’s Elders Advisory Council is tasked with presenting the voice of the elders to hamlet council. From left, David Evalik, Jeannie Evalik, Sgt. Jasber Dhillon, Mabel Etegik, Annie Atighioyak, Jimmy Haniliak, and Mayor Pamela Gross. Two elders missing are: Mary Avalak and Bessie Omilgoetok.

Welcome to Cambridge Bay, where the ice is beautifully frozen over. The daylight is much shorter now that winter has settled in for a few more months.

The sun has been amazing to look at with rainbow sundogs shining in the cold ice crystals and ice fog shining like diamonds on the land and ice.

Every day and on weekends you can watch the fishers and hunters heading out on the land and sea, returning when it is getting dark.

When I walk and watch snowmobiles coming home in the dark, it brings back memories of my late father and relatives bringing home their harvest of fresh caribou. Years ago we used to watch herds of caribou crossing from the airport by the DEW Line heading towards Ovayok. It does not happen anymore and the decrease in caribou population makes us sad. Nowadays you have to go to where they migrate, like Pangnirtuuk, Surrey River, Ferguson Lake and mainland and other spots.

Christmas is near already and agencies and community organizations are planning for Christmas festivities. The recreation department at the wellness centre will be holding a volunteer meeting Wednesday, November 28 at 6 p.m.

Christmas games this year are December 14 to January 10. The most popular event of the year is once again happening – the annual Kullik Ilihakvik Christmas concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12.

Christmas holidays for school students begin Friday, December 14, with a return to school Thursday, January 3, 2019.

God Be With You My Son, mom misses you.