Skip to main content

Amazing Arctic

Last week Maryse departed the cold and snow of Ottawa for the colder and snowier Arctic. Her trip began in Edmonton and continued on to the Inuit communities of Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Paulatuk. Sponsored by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 22 federal bureaucrats visited the communities, met residents and elders and partook in cultural feasts and events.

EDMONTON

Their first stop was the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, thee hospital where northern Inuit go when they require hospital health services. That's "Doctor" Pesant on the right with several of her colleagues...



INUVIK


Then it was on to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Here's the local church - in the shape of an igloo - and school.



Then it was off to Tuktoyaktuk - a five hour drive via "ice road" stopping en route to visit a gas drilling site...

TUKTOYAKTUT

Maryse has wanted to visit Tuktoyaktut or "Tuk" for as long as she can remember. This trip was a dream come true. Here's a shot of the community from a distance, pics of the local housing, and finally of a special visitor...



PAULATUK

And then the group flew to Paulatuk, the northernmost settlement of mainland continental North America...

Here, they witnessed a gorgeous sunset, saw the community church, help shovel out the elder's house and went ice-fishing!
(Guess who's the monkey in the middle?)
She had a fabulous time, loved every minute of her Arctic tour. In summing up, and repeating that well-worn phrase of those left behind everywhere, Maryse got to visit the Arctic and all I got was this T-shirt!!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paroxysm Paradox

The weather was unseasonably warm for October. The sun set around 6:30 but the daylight hours were quite enjoyable. So thought Richard, as he set out for his daily walk in the woods. He marvelled at the turning leaves which exhibited an explosion of colour more significant with each passing day.

But Richard knew the turning leaves would soon start to fall. And the trees would soon be bare with no leaves at all. And then the snow would fly and fall from the trees as the leaves had before it.

Richard couldn't help but think of the sudden change to come as a seizure of sorts. And he wasn't looking forward to it. After all, who would welcome a seizure, he thought, as he rolled uncontrollably among the leaves.

This week paroxysm/seizure was the prompt at Two Word Tuesday.

Times Are So Tough...

Merci Amy