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The ice on the Arctic Ocean down at Gravel Pit is slowly going. When it is windy the ice returns to the shore all broken up in chunks of all sizes. The chunks of ice coming up to the shoreline are especially good because it is used for tea and drinking water, it is fresh and nice and cold. Usually the campers have to haul fresh water from town or the river and haul it all the way back to their tents and cabins, so that ice is very welcome.
Now that the char are running down at the ocean, many fishers come down jigging and casting with their fishing rods. Many of all ages enjoy the famous fishing season in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Many residents have set up their fish nets to stock up for their families and for winter. We are so grateful for the bountiful fish that has been part of our diet for the Inuit for thousands of years. Our fishing village is happy and everyone shares their harvest, which is the beautiful thing that happens, taking care of our Elders and those unable to harvest their own country food, it is so wonderful to receive gifts of food from the land.
Quana to everyone who thinks of others, sharing good soul food from the land and sea.
The Grandmothers are busy up at Anaana’s Camp up at Jack’s Point. The Elders are always busy cooking, sewing, teaching, telling stories and giving beautiful welcoming to every visitor.
Youth and residents are invited to Anaana’s Camp to be with the Grandmothers, to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, fresh bannock, caribou stew or fish chowder, piece of piffi (dried fish). It is a place of peace, healing, learning and quiet time; if you are feeling stressed, worried, lonely, grieving or something bothering you come to the Grandmothers, they will welcome you with open arms and care and love you. Anyone is welcome to come and spend time or just to talk with a Grandmother.
If you’re feeling down, come on over to the camp and spend time with them. If you have questions about culture, tradition, sewing or the language, come on over to the camp. It is so joyful also when residents bring fresh fish, or seal meat to the camp, it makes the Grandmothers happy to share and cook country food.
Quana to everyone who thinks of the Grandmothers.
Rainy season is coming up. It has been raining lately off and on so the beauty of the nuna, flowers, are growing much larger and plentiful this time of year. Not sure if it is climate change causing the land to bloom but it is even more this year. When it rains it keeps the dust from the gravel roads down which is welcoming and it keeps the mosquitoes away.
Hoping the ice will go quickly now, so that residents can start boating to mainland to go berry picking and caribou hunting or just to go to their homeland in Bay Chimo and Bathurst Inlet.
Be safe and enjoy the rest of this hot summer.
God Be With You Son.