Chill’n in Resolute…

Travelling in the Arctic is never a given that you will depart or arrive at the times and dates on your ticket.  Weather plays a huge part in the equation.  Tuesday I was suppose to join a charter to Grise Fiord for the day…but their was a low moving in, and high winds…so the charter was cancelled.  (I will attempt to fly there tomorrow on the scheduled flight to the community though!) This just meant instead of spending time here later in the week…I got to spend time here the past 2 days!

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Resolute is also known in Inuktitut as Qausuittuq ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ literally “place with no dawn”.  It is located at Longitude 94° 59’ W Latitude 74° 43’ N.  Resolute has a very interesting history around it’s settlement.

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“The present Inuit community of Resolute got its hard start in 1953. Efforts to assert strategic sovereignty in the High Arctic during the Cold War led the Government of Canada to forcibly relocate Inuit families from northern Québec to Resolute. The first group included one Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Ross Gibson, who later became the first schoolteacher here. A second group arrived from Pond Inlet in 1955. The Inuit had been promised homes and game to hunt, but the relocated people found few buildings and very little familiar wildlife. They were also told they would be returned home after a year if they wished, but this offer was later withdrawn. The Inuit were forced to stay, so they learned the beluga migration routes and were able to subsist by hunting over a gigantic range of 18,000 square kilometres (6,950 square miles). The Government of Canada conducted hearings in 1993 to investigate the High Arctic Relocation Program and formally apologized to the Inuit in 2008. The relocation experience was arduous. Fortunately, the brave Inuit people of Resolute are excellent hunters, gifted seamstresses and loving providers for their families.” {source}

I have visited Resolute before and it’s crazy to day that was almost 5 years ago…the Olympic Torch came through on it’s cross-Canada tour on the way to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. 

I woke up Tuesday morning to SNOW…it was so pretty, and I was glad to have packed a warm enough coat/hat/mittens!

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It didn’t stop me from going out and doing the work that I came here to do! (even though the snow was blowing…) Here’s some photos I snapped of some buildings around town.

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These kids were just out of school for the day…and pretty excited for the snow, and the snow balls they could make!  (Yesterday the snow was packy…and perfect for making a snow ball!) Resolute004

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Enjoying my time in Resolute.

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Today was the World’s Suicide Prevention Day the kids at the school here in Resolute went out to walk around the ring road (2.5 kms for one lap).  Even though it was ‘darn’ windy and crazy blustery…they had lots of fun as they biked, walked and some even ran!

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The clouds and sky were so gorgeous today…but it was windy..at times gusting up to 55kms/hour.

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They are currently working on replacing pipes for the utilidor system..which delivers water and takes sewage away from the houses/businesses here in Resolute.  They crew is still trying to finish up some things before it gets too frozen and they have to wait until next summer to continue their work.  Resolute018View of from the beach area here in Resolute…lots of crazy clouds, but gorgeous views of Mountains in the distances…and a little ‘berg in the foreground! Resolute017

From the Air…

Greetings from Resolute Bay, Nunavut!  I’m travelling again for work…and excited to do a few more community visits.  Today was all about airports and airplanes…travel day!  This morning I was running behind, got to the airport with 6mins to spare before the cut off for the flight. Oops, that was cutting it close. Everyone was waiting in the airport and their bags were already loaded on the plane…I guess that makes me lucky! The flight to Iqaluit was uneventful… it’s about an hour flight.  I had about a 2 hour wait until I got back on the same plane (different crew) to fly to Resolute Bay via Arctic Bay.

nunavut_map Just before landing in Arctic Bay…we saw the road that leads from Baffinland’s Iron Mine at Mary River to Milne Inlet.  It was so strange seeing this ‘road’ that was built along the tundra…with nothing else around it!I’m not sure if you can really see the road, it was so much clearer seeing it with my eye!

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Here’s a shot of Milne Inlet…there’s two sealift boats around the port there! Not sure if you can spot them as they look like little dots!

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We stopped in Arctic Bay for refuelling and to let off passengers…the weather was gorgeous…sunny and crisp!  But still so nice.

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…then it was time to get back in the air to head on towards Resolute Bay.  It was foggy when we landed…pretty erie.  But as we were leaving the airport heading to the hotel…the fog had totally descended and engulfed the runway. Glad we landed safely.

Friday Night Drive…

Sometimes you just need to get into a car and drive.  Well when you live in a small remote fly in community just below the Arctic Circle…options are quite limited.  However, we do have a road that goes alongside the fiord…past the sewage treatment plant, the dump for household garbage, the metal and wood dumps or as some people call it ‘Canadian Tire’–since you’d be surprised what you can find when you need a part to fix something!

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The road ends past the gravel pit…and is about a 5 KM stretch of road. Often I walk, but lately there’s been Polar Bears hanging around…and I’ve been too sick to venture outside of my house!

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Tonight a friend called and we went for a Friday night drive to the end of the road.  Just a slow trip to the end of the road to see what we could see.  We left at the ‘magic’ moment that is happening at the moment for light…the sun had dipped down behind the mountains on the other side of the fiord….the tide was coming back in and there was so much beauty all around.  Puts life into perspective when you see how gorgeous your surroundings are all around you….you just need to open up your eyes and wow!

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The tundra has started to change into brilliant fall colours…reds, gorgeous yellows and some browns!  Didn’t get shots of that this trip…but perhaps a walk this weekend will fix that.

I love how the tide was coming in and you can still see the ‘high’ tide rock markers in this photo below…

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Thanks for all your well wishes via Facebook, Instagram and email…I’m finally on the mend and can say I feel back to 100%!  It’s good to be home, looking forward to a weekend here before I take off on my next trip on Monday.

Random Ramblings…

Being sick is never fun.  Traveling and working while you are sick is definitely not fun. I got home on last Friday morning from my trip to Cape Dorset.  I went into the office finished up some work that had a deadline but by 3:30pm I was camped out in the Health Centre…waiting to see a nurse.  Yahoo for good nurses…that’s all I can say! After getting some meds. via a mask…to help my breathing…then some puffers and pills.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see the fun selfie I posted over there from that experience.  I was home and on my couch by 8:00pm…excited for a long weekend to just sleep and rest.  (…not my original plan, but glad that I had the next 3 days to do nothing at all.) That’s exactly what my body needed and what I did.  I’m glad to be on the rebound, and feeling a lot better!  I’m so thankful for awesome neighbours that called to check in and took me down to the Northern so I could get some fresh food…and supplies to make some soup. By Monday I was ready to do something other than sleep…so ended up making a comfy spot on the couch and decided to start to binge watch a TV show that’s new to me.

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Almost 2 years ago a friend of mine left Pangnirtung and left me with DVDs of Season 2-5 of 6 feet Under.  Earlier this spring I got the first season from a friend in town.  So it was time to start to watch it. Six Feet Under was a HBO series that ran from 2001-2005.  Not sure why I didn’t watch it then…but I must admit, I’m kind of hooked about where this series is heading. It’s a bit darker of a TV show than I usually like…but there’s something about the characters and their stories that keep drawing me in. Looking forward to seeing what exactly is going to happen to the Fisher Family! (no spoilers if you have seen the series…)

Fall has definitely hit the air…today was nippy.  Almost time to dig out the mittens and hats again…walking home from work tonight I was talking with my neighbours outside…we stood around for a bit, until we all admitted we were a bit cold and hungry so went inside our warm homes!  This fall is going to be a crazy busy one for me…I will be travelling a lot for work.  It’s a good thing I like to travel.

More from Kinngait…

As you know from yesterday’s post I’m currently in Cape Dorset.  Tonight my friend Cassandra picked me up for dinner.  Before dinner we did a drive around tour of some of the cool spots in Cape Dorset!  CapeDorset-Day2010

We decided to do the tour before we ate…because the fog has been coming and going all day.  Luckily we did because by the end of dinner the fog had rolled in and seemed to engulf town.  CapeDorset-Day2001

The land here is so different from Pangnirtung.  It’s very rocky…and the rock formations are awesome to look at! CapeDorset-Day2002

This is the “bridge” that connects Dorset Island to Malik Island at low tide.  Pretty awesome… CapeDorset-Day2003

It was nice to have access to a vehicle and get another new perspective of the community from different views.  CapeDorset-Day2004

There’s something pretty neat about seeing boats sitting on the ground at low tide…before Pangnirtung got it’s harbour this use to be the way it was too! CapeDorset-Day2005

We were able to see a few icebergs floating in the distance.  I had seen them from the air when we landed on Tuesday..but it was nice to see them again! CapeDorset-Day2006

So rocky under my feet…seems like every 10 steps or so the rocks changed that were under my feet…to bigger, or smaller than this photo!

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Out for a Wednesday walk…CapeDorset-Day2007Thanks again Cassandra for the awesome dinner and tour…it was great catching up!  I hope our paths cross again in the Arctic soon.

 

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