AROUND KIVALLIQ: Students and staff prepare for journey

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The documentary crew, whose project is called Arctic Return, will be in Naujaat from March 25 to 29.

Tuugaalik High School principal Aubrey Bolt stands with some of the supplies and expedition sleds that have been sent to the school in preparation for an Arctic expedition, with a Scottish documentary crew, that hopes to recreate John Rae’s expedition. Department of Education photo
Tuugaalik High School principal Aubrey Bolt stands with some of the supplies and expedition sleds that have been sent to the school in preparation for an Arctic expedition, with a Scottish documentary crew, that hopes to recreate John Rae’s expedition.
Department of Education ph Staff and senior students from Naujaat’s Tuugaalik High School will guide a Scottish documentary crew through the start of their journey to trace John Rae’s 1849 trek from Naujaat to King William Island in search of Franklin’s lost expedition.

The school group will also travel to Rae’s historic house, an hour away from Naujaat.
As the project focuses on the importance of Inuit oral history – the students and staff are providing guiding and knowledge to the crew, as Inuit did for Rae – the visit will be incorporated into the school’s regular lands program.

Chesterfield Inlet planning food bank

Chesterfield Inlet

The Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet is getting close to starting up a food bank in the community, economic development officer David Kattegatsiak said.
“It’s just a matter of waiting for the Government of Nunavut to (provide) the funding,” he said.
The hamlet wants to coordinate the food bank through a local society, and Kattegatiak said there is a lot of excitement to get it started.
The Roman Catholic Church is starting its own food bank this year, and is waiting for a sealift to come in with supplies. Kattegatsiak said the hamlet hopes to coordinate with the church to help feed the community.

New cellphone tower boosting service

Chesterfield Inlet

A new, tall cellphone tower that was put in last year in Chesterfield Inlet is providing high-quality service to the community, said economic development officer David Kattegatsiak.
“I think it has better signal than other communities in Nunavut based on the height of our cellphone tower, which is good for the community,” he said.
“It’s good for visitors, workers, businesses, the health department. It’d certainly be ideal for search-and-rescue purposes.”

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