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A good walk

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  Here are the photos of our community circle before our walk on Wednesday! There was a great turn out and many students made it the 7.8!km to the airport! Most got rides home but the spirit was positive and I think everyone felt like they were doing something. The Elder who spoke said that “our young people dying for reasons other than disease hurts too much and that we all need to be strong for each other.” It was really powerful!  The walk was windy and long with bare patches and snow banks like this It was a good day. 

Difficult Times

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 This is a beautiful and barren land.  The wind blows so consistently that the icicles are bent by it.  The presence of icicles shows that Spring is here, although we have yet to cross into positive temperatures. Since our last post it has been a very difficult time in Whale Cove. There was a tragic accident which resulted in the death of one of the community matriarchs.  There was a physical fight that was so intense that one of the participants needed to be airlifted out for care. Then, we lost another teen to death by suicide.  This is the second youth since our arrival here on Jan. 12, 2021.  It is hard not to feel discouraged.  The challenges that are faced by everyone trying to live their best Inuit life are pretty much impossible to describe - the poverty, the state of housing, the difficulty in maintaining traditional values and lifestyles and the lack of job opportunities. Colonialism has so much to answer for.   In the aftermath of our student's death, I have also come fa

More Photos

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 Here are a few more pictures from our staff day out on the land. And the Northern Lights on Saturday night (April 24)

Spring

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 I was out at recess with the Kindergarten to grade 2's.  This is Spring in Whale Cove.        The older students headed out on the Land to Ice Fish.  I have a new understanding of what is warm and what is cold.  We don't wear goggles unless riding on a machine and we don't always put our hoods up.  I wear my Mukluks instead of my Baffin boots and my lighter weight ski pants. It will be May next week!  The sun rose at 5:16 this morning and will not set until 8:59.  After that it is still light for quite awhile.  The morning sun is VERY bright. many of us look like raccoons because of our glasses/googles tans!

So many experiences

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 Some Pictures from our week: Starting with our Land Trip Camp!   We were out on a frozen fresh water lake about an hour and 45 minutes ride from the school.  There were about 20 of us on the trip and we ate fresh soup and bannock. Ian and I both got wind and sun burned! Strange how -20 feels warm now!              It was such a busy week!  We had our first grad for the year!  Shaelyn got teary eyed when we gave her the Macbook air that is donated by Connected North for each of our grads!  We received more donations from two small parishes in Nova Scotia.  The hand knitted toques that Kevin and Lennox are wearing were knitted by a 94 year old member of one congregation. The highschool boys set up the tent to make sure we had all of the parts.  That should give you a sense of our camp size on our trip.  Difficult to tell with all the space! Denise our grade 4/5 teacher cut my hair for me.  She is training stud

Busy Week!

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 So here is the Inuglak staff in our Math Month t-shirts! We are only missing two people for This shot. They are a lovely group!  Notice Ian has a different shirt on. He wore his the day before and that is what gave me the idea! The students thought us all dressed alike was a little creepy. The weather continues to be around -20 with the wind chill but it feels warm to us! We walked around yesterday and saw this group of students out in the road. You can see that although Spring is here, there is still lots of snow!

Easter Weekend in Whale Cove

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 So Friday Night started with a blizzard that we walked through to get to a potluck and then walked home to find a large snow drift in front of the house.   https://youtube.com/shorts/nf1 V7r_s9NM https://youtube.com/shorts/TFs oYR58iXI , Saturday was a Blizzard and we went for a short walk. Sunday was better and I went into work for a few hours.  Monday, today, is beautiful. We heard that there were community events happening so we headed out for a walk and discovered the kids on the sliding hill having an Easter Egg Hunt.  This was at the very end when the eggs were done.  Whale Cove Spring doesn't look like a Southern Spring. But it really did feel warm.  We took off our mitts and no hood for me. It was only -13 and we were too hot in our parkas! We headed out onto the ice, where they were setting up for races with the snowmobiles. One of the Elders was there in her traditional outfit to see the events and she was quite happy to have her picture taken.  She is a Voisey.  Inuglak