TEA TALK: Enjoying our spring rituals

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HALUUQQURUT IKALUKTUTIAMIT. INUIN NAMMAINAKTUT. UPINGNALIQMAT HILA ALIANAQHIJUQ. INUIN AUDLAKATAKTUT IKALUKHIUKHUTIKLU TUKTUHIUKHUTIKLU. TINGMIAKHIUKTUTLU. KILAMINNUAK MANIKHIUKNIALIKMIJUT. NUTAKKAT NAMMAINAKTUT. IPAKHANI TAPKUAT KULLIKMIITUT INIKTIKMIJUT QUVIAHUKTUT NIRIVAKTUTLU ILATARIJAUJUT INIKTIKMATA. ANGNIJUKMUN ILIHAKVILIAKNAHUAT KIILINIKMUN. KAMILIUKTUT TAPKUAT INIKTIKTUT. INIKTILIKMATA ATUKTAIT KAMIIT MIKHUKHIMAJAIT. INUIN IKALUKHIUKLIKTUT AUDLAATIJUT. TINGMIAT UTIKMIJUT NUNAPTINGNUT. QUANA TINGMIAKHIUKTUT. SULIUKTUT UJULIUKTUTLU TINGMIANIT MAMAKRAALUK. NAMMAINNAKTURUT IKALUKTUTIAMI.

Welcome to Cambridge Bay, where the ice is cracking on the ocean, lakes and ponds. Soon the spring thaw will be all beautiful blue/green and our green and colourful land will be blooming after all this snow we got here this past winter.

Spring time is always white-out conditions, so it is most important to use sunglasses to protect ourselves from getting snowblind. Make sure your children and Elders all have sunglasses.

This time of year it is such a beautiful time of year when it is no longer cold out. As Cambridge Bay is known for usually being the coldest spot in Canada, residents both young and old go geese hunting and ice fishing.

More sun and winds making the snow and ice melt faster. Please be careful on the land. Especially remember to bring a satellite/cell phone and let family and friends know where you will be heading out on the land either fishing or hunting or camping. A few of our Elders will soon be heading out to their summer camps at their cabins and tent frames. There is still a lot of snow out there, so should be any day they will head out to Gravel Pit where the tea and bannock and soup are the most delicious.

The ice road to West Arm is pretty well slushy and not ideal to use now for vehicles. Be careful when traveling by snowmobiles and ATVs. Welcome home to Uviluq and Ronald!

Cambridge Bay had some very important visitors this past week. Canada Goose and First Air visited our community to do their material donations to the communities and this year our community was one of them. Twenty-thousand metres of Arctic tech was donated to residents of Cambridge Bay from Canada Goose. This material is great for making parkas as it is windproof, waterproof and ideal for the weather up here. First Air was the main sponsor also with Shelley Decaria accompanying and delivering the officials and material to the communities.

Quana so much for all this wonderful donation, many women/seamtresses were so thankful. You can see that this was so much appreciated, especially when everything is so expensive up here. The doors opened at 5 p.m. and all 20,000 metres was distributed in 20 minutes. Canada Goose and First Air will be sending up more material to donate to the Wellness Centre for the parka-making programs in the near future.

Cambridge Bay has many many sports fans and everyone is home watching the hockey and basketball games. Very quiet town when the games are on. Streets are empty. Hope everyone enjoyed the playoffs. Till the next season.

School is out for the summer. Kids, teachers, principals, have a great summer. We are all so proud of you. Keep up the good work. We love you.

God Be With You Son.