In order to record stories from Qikiqtarjuaq inhabitants, especially about their food from hunting and fishing, Michele Therrien and Julie Sansoulet came for a few days to prepare workshops that will take place in May. These studies are part of the GreenEdge project which will continue next spring to study the spring phytoplankton bloom, the origin of the food chain.
Michele has learnt Inuktitut in Nunavik (northern Quebec), and then has been teaching it for a long time. Her knowledge on Inuit language and culture is amazing for our friends from Qikiqtarjuaq, as well as her passion for stories! She offers us the opportunity to share more with elders who do not speak English, we are very happy to know them better, and vice versa.
Sunday, while Michele and Julie were on board Vagabond, we had the visit from Pauloosie Keyootak member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Due to lack of seat in the plane, he could not join us last Wednesday for an important meeting at the Nunavut Research Institute in Iqaluit, we gave him a brief report. Then his wife Alice decided to pose with him for a photograph in front of our small Christmas tree!