This spring, Resolute Bay youth were invited to join members of the Inuit Knowledge Working Group and Qausuittuq National Park staff on the annual spring patrol.
Those youth are: Saagiatuk Amarualik, Sophie Idlout, Tatiana McDonald, Jennifer Salluviniq, Enookie Idlout, Devon Manik and Aasta Idlout.
Encompassing more than 11,000 square kilometres, Qausuittuq National Park is located on Bathurst Island, northwest of Resolute Bay, and was established in 2015.
Qausuittuq means the place where the sun doesn’t rise.
“This multi-day trek was an opportunity for the local youth to explore one of Canada’s newest parks, as a new temporary camp was established by staff deep within its boundaries for the upcoming season,” stated Parks Canada.
“It was also an excellent platform for youth to learn important skills on-the-land with traditional knowledge holders. Facilitating traditional knowledge transfer between elders and youth is an important component of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and was established as a priority by Inuit stakeholders and Parks Canada, who co-manage the park.”