Tea Talk: Community warmth during the coldest time of year

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UPLUKKUT IQALUKTUUTIAMIT. HILA NIGLAQPIAQTUQ. QAUMAHAINAQPAQTUQ PINNIKHIPLUNI NUNANNAUVUT. ANGNANLU HANAVAKTUTLU ALIANAQ ILIHAKTUT. AANURANIKLU PUALUKHANIKLU KAMMAHANIKLU MIQHUQTUT. QUANA ILAUJUT ILLA. HANAUJALIQTUTLU KALGIANILU. ULUKHANIKLU AUDLAATIHANIKLU HANAJUT. TAPKUAT HAMLATKUTLU AALIATKUTLU IKAJUKTUT KINAUJAKHANIK. INIQAQATTA UPAINNAGIALRIT. AKIQANGNITUT ILAURUMAGUVIT. INUIN NAAMAINNAQTUT. NUTAQQATLU HUMANGNITTUTLU. INUIN NANUQTUT. TUKTUHIUKTUTLU UMINGMAKHIUQTUTLU IQALUKHIUTLU ANGUNIAKTIIT NIQIQHANIK PIPLUGIT INUNGNUT IQALUKTUUTIAMI. QUANA IKAJUQTUT NIQIQHANIK.

Jason Akoluk holds up a caribou head, the meat of which is distributed to the residents of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on behalf of the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization.
Navalik Tologanak/NNSL photo

Welcome to one of Canada’s coldest spots this time of year. It has been extra cold with temperatures reaching -60s with the wind. With extreme weather warnings, the residents still carry on dressing extra warm. The beauty of the land looks so bright and beautiful with the sunrise and daylights on the glittering hills of Cambridge Bay.

The community has been fortunate with hunting and fishing and sharing their harvest with the Elders first, single moms and general public receiving gifts of tuktu (caribou), umingmak (muskox) and iqaluk (fish – lake trout and arctic char).

So thankful with gratitude for fresh country food, such good healthy food. It is important the Elders get first delivery of country food. It is known that when they don’t eat much of their traditional diet food, they tend to get sick and get ill easily, but once they have their country food, they get better right away.

Just want to thank the Ekaluktutiak Hunter’s and Trapper’s Association for hiring local hunters and fishermen to go out harvest the good country food. Inuit are very very happy and thankful when they hear someone bringing them even just a small piece of tuktu, polar bear meat, umingmak or fish.

It puts a big smile on their face and they liven up and full of energy. It is important that Inuit have to eat their traditional foods otherwise their stomach feels like it is burning, it is from craving their traditional diets. Quana Beverly Maksagak, Pudjuk Akoluk and hunters and fishermen for all you do for us Inuit. We are blessed.

When out and about there has been a few foxes seen in town so be careful, many times it is safe to carry sticks in case you run into one.

The other day I was out at CHARS campus and seen couple of rabbits hopping around, they are so huge with beautiful white fluffy fur and big ears.

Soon spring will be here and weather will be much warmer and many residents will head out and shovel their cabin entrances and open up their camps for spring and summer. It is the most treasured time of the year. I know my grandson Felix and his grandparents spend lots of time out on the land when their is no school and on weekends.

Many grew up out there at the lands where they grew up before the village of Cambridge Bay was built in the 1950s. It is quiet and peaceful out there and also very healing for your mind, body and soul. I hope to continue walking on the ocean to do my healing and exercise.

The department of healthy living for the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay has been so busy with programs, events and much more for all young and old to join in family activities with the sewing and tool making is doing well.

The Miqqut Program participants are walking fancy in their new mitts, kamiit and soon new atigiit (parka). I hear they may plan a fashion show! So proud of each of these ladies learning to sew and walking fancy around town, so beautiful!

Lots of our youth athletes are so busy in sports and have been successful travelling to tournaments and playoffs getting ready for games to represent Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

Congratulations to their coaches who spend time for our athletes. Cambridge Bay athletes have territorial champions with both male/female basketball players, wrestlers and soccer. So proud of our youth who choose to participate in sports and other youth programs, keeping busy and staying out of trouble, being healthy and happy.

We love each of you. Keep going.