Resolute youth join park patrol at Qausuittuq National Park

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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.

Qausuittuq National Park 2019 Spring Patrol Group. From left: Saagiatuk Amarualik, Sophie Idlout, Tatiana McDonald, Qausuittuq Park manager Jovan Simic, Jennifer Salluviniq, Enookie Idlout, Devon Manik, Aasta Idlout, and Joint Park Management Committee member Nathanial Kalluk. Not shown: Parks Canada employees Joshua Erikson and Valerie Amarualik, and Inuit Knowledge Working Group member Tagga Manik.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson

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.

Youth from Resolute Bay explore the hoodoos in Qausuittuq National Park during the 2019 Spring Patrol.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson

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.

Resolute Bay youth work with Qausuittuq Park manager Jovan Simic and Inuit Knowledge Working Group member Tagga Manik to set up camp in the Dundee Bight area of Qausuittuq National Park during the 2019 Spring Patrol.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson

“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.”

Qausuittuq National Park manager Jovan Simic works with youth from Resolute Bay to build an igloo during the 2019 Spring Patrol.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson
Low clouds drift over one of the several river valleys that converge in the Dundee Bight area of Qausuittuq National Park.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson
Tagga Manik from the Inuit Knowledge Working Group and Nathaniel Kalluk from the Joint Park Management Committee shared their knowledge and experience with youth and Parks Canada staff during the Qausuittuq National Park 2019 Spring Patrol.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson
Inuit Knowledge Working Group member Tagga Manik oversees Qausuittuq National Park manager Jovan Simic and youth from Resolute Bay as they work together to build an Igloo during the 2019 Spring Patrol.
photo courtesy Parks Canada/Josh Erikson