Hello from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Quebec)…

This week I’m in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik which is located in Northern Quebec.  Did you know that there was Nunavut…and a Nunavik? Nunavut is the 3rd territory in Canada…where I live!

Nunavik comprises the northern third of the province of Quebec, Canada. Covering a land area  north of the 55th parallel, it is the homeland of the Inuit of Quebec. Almost all of the 12 090 inhabitants (2011 census) of the region, of whom 90% are Inuit, live in fourteen northern villages on the coast of Nunavik and in the Cree reserved land of Whapmagoostui, near the northern village of Kuujjuarapik. Nunavik means “great land” in the local dialect of Inuktitut and the Inuit inhabitants of the region call themselves Nunavimmiut. Until 1912, the region was part of the District of Ungava of the Northwest Territories.

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Kuujjuaq  means ‘Great river’ is located on the west shore of the Koksoak River, about 50 km upstream from Ungava Bay.  Kuujjuaq was previously known as Fort Chimo…You can see on the map below the 14 communities that make up Nunavik…and see where Kuujjuaq is located.

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Coming in for a landing I was excited…TREES!!! Yes, there are some small trees around and in town!

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I have been to Kuujjuaq 3 times before…but have never left the plane, rather just waited to be ready to take off. (The first time was on my first trip North to live in Pang in March of 2009, the second was on New Years’ Eve 2009…when I was flying south to Winnipeg.  The third time was a few springs ago…when I couldn’t land in Iqaluit and we were diverted to Kuujjuaq for more fuel–then continued onto Rankin Inlet.) Kuujjuaq004

It was really nice to GET off the plane…and be able to explore this fabulous community!

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The weather was so gorgeous… so warm and nice not to need a hat or mittens! Kuujjuaq006

Tuesday night I went for a walk with someone I met at the conference I was attending.  It was nice to walk around, get familiar with the town..and enjoy the gorgeous evening!  Kuujjuaq008

We walked down to the river and beach area.  I was reminded that my mum came to Kuujjuaq about 20 years ago at the end of August…to visit a friend.  She had lived in Haliburton working as a Social worker…but then moved north to Kuujjuaq, and invited my mum and another friend to visit for 10 days!  I’m quite positive there have been many changes in the past 20 years!

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The youth centre was just painted this summer…lots of buildings are painted ‘graffti’ style…as a project for the youth to claim ownership of their buildings. Kuujjuaq012

It was great to visit Kuujjuaq…I met lots of great people. My brain was also stretched into trying to think/understand conversations in French.  I am no way bilingual… but have small understanding of French, but have limited vocabulary…sometimes I do understand but then respond back in English… for the most part it works!
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Just before we headed back to the hotel restaurant for an amazing pizza dinner…we were greeted to this amazing site.  Hello, Moon…so nice of you to join us. Kuujjuaq017

 

#ABrightProject: Task #7

Wow, 7 tasks down…and only a few more to go until the end of this awesome, amazing project!   It’s been a great year of thinking and reflecting and also making it BRIGHT!  Which was one of the goals of the project…it has been also been great getting paired up with different women from the United States and United Kingdom!

So this task was all about creating a HAPPY Parcel for your BRIGHT half.  I worked on this parcel while I was working in Iqaluit this summer.  It was fun, but also a bit hard…since FUN, BRIGHT items are really, hard to find…and I couldn’t do any online shopping—because I couldn’t get them shipped to me in Iqaluit!  (Struggles of travelling and working from a different office for 5 weeks…but I got it together and I think my parcel was pretty awesome and FUN!)

I sent it off to the UK… here’s my HAPPY package all wrapped up!

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I got home from my trip to Grise Fiord, Resolute and Arctic Bay…and had THIS awesome FUN package waiting for me!  WOW, my BRIGHT half truly blessed me…and I was thrilled with all the amazing awesome surprises.  She even included some of her AWESOME prints from Instagram…I LOVE following her feed, because she has such creative and fun shots.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart! One of the really cool things I was given was a piece of fabric that was themed from the UK…I need to figure out what to ‘create’ with it…another quilting or sewing project for sure!

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Task#6- took place from mid-June to mid-July.  YAHOO!!! I’ve finally caught up from posting from all my tasks to date(no more drafts in my dashboard!).  I still have Task #8 to finish up…and get in the mail…but I’ll get back to you about that soon, once I receive my letter!

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#ABrightProject: Task #6

This month…it was all about taking chances and getting out of your comfort zone!

Now I’m one that will try something once, and often do get out of my comfort zone doing crazy things all the time! So this month it kind of stretched me to look for things that might be outside of that comfort zone… there are some things I hate to do. Like when I’m meeting someone at a restaurant or coffee shop…I HATE going in and being the first one there, and having to wait on my own.  Usually I’ll txt them and if they aren’t there I’d wait in my car or outside until they arrive.  (I know it’s just one of my quirks!)

My social task was fun…it was to share via Instagram things that are out of my comfort zone with my BRIGHT half for this month… and then write a letter about my experiences stepping out of the comfort zone this past month!  Here’s part of the package I put together for my BRIGHT half!

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It was so much fun to get a letter back in return. (I was really behind for this month’s project… I didn’t send it to mid-July…and this task was from mid-May to mid-June! I think part of the reason I was so behind was I was travelling a lot for work…and I was kind of bummed that my last two tasks I didn’t get a letter or acknowledgement that it was received.) It was so lovely to read this awesome letter…and meet a new ‘online’ friend!

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PLEASE NOTE:
This post has been in my draft folder since July 31, 2014. Task#6- took place from mid-May to mid-June–I’m just a wee bit behind on posting, but glad I have gotten caught up!

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If you wanted to check out my previous tasks with #abrightproject click on the links below:

#ABrightProject: Task #5

This month’s task was all about what makes you SMILE! These every day moments from our lives that often we stop, look and SMILE about help us remain BRIGHT and happy! So this month was time to STOP and remember some of these moments.

As always the first part of the task was personal and a time for reflecting what makes you smile? Do others always make me smile…do I rely on them? Is there a common theme to what makes me smile? If you’ve been following along here on my blog for any length of time, you’ll notice that I’m a pretty upbeat kind of happy person. Lots of things make me smile. Spending time with some of my friend’s kids is a sure fire way to get a smile out of me! (yahoo for newborn baby cuddles or toddler high-fives!) Seeing the sun set, or watching the northern lights dance… or just looking at the amazing world that we live in… those things make me smile.

The idea of the task this month was to start focusing on what makes us smile…and not the things that bring storm clouds and downer feelings in our lives. It’s hard, I must admit… I do have ‘horrible-no-good-very-bad-days’…I’m human we all have them. But one of the things I’ve learned is that we shouldn’t focus on them…because that just starts that downward spiral to negative town…and believe me that’s not a fun place to visit!

In order to start thinking about things that make us smile we posted to Instagram different images that made us #smile! Here are some of mine I posted over this task…

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The second part of the task was to prepare a letter. I printed off 2 of the photos that my BRIGHT half posted on Instagram that made them smile, and I included one that made me smile! I also included a letter talking about 5 things that had made me smile and what this month of focusing on the positive has done to my life!

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PLEASE NOTE:
This post has been in my draft folder since June 30th, 2014. Task#5- took place from mid-April to mid-May–I’m just a wee bit behind on posting, I wanted to wait to see if I ever got a letter before posting this post, but that didn’t happen. Life gets busy, and I understand…because sometimes my tasks were late! (Having two tasks in a row with no post in return was a bit of a downer…but that didn’t stop me from participating and sending out letters!)

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#ABrightProject: Task#4

This month’s project was all about what you want in your life + your dream life.  Yes, these things can differ…or you currently might be living your dream life.

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As always there are two parts to each task…the first part of the task is always personal. The first part had us thinking about what do I actually want from life + my dream life. Wow, that’s a deep question…it’s hard to really answer and some aspects of my life are personal and I don’t post online about, something should just be personal right?

But let’s just say I did journal and write a lot some of the topics that I reflected on through this project were the following:

– What do I love about my life right now?
— What are things that I want to change in my life?
— What is holding me back from changing these things if there are any?
— What does my dream life look like?
— How does this relate to the word that I selected for this project?

Yup, some deep questions…with some deeper answers.  It was really helpful to take the time to reflect and look at where I was in my life…and if that matched up with what my dreams were.  This was to think about the bigger picture…how does my word “create or creativity” fit into my dream life?

One of the things I realized through this process is that there were some areas in my life I didn’t like. I wasn’t living up to my ‘dream’ of what life should be…guess what I realized that only I CAN CHANGE those aspects to get where I WANT to be.  It’s pretty awesome and powerful and empowering to reflect, and realize that you aren’t where you want to be….but then to make a plan of steps to get where you want to be.  Some things can be out of our control…but you can always control your ACTIONS and REACTIONS to things that happen to you.

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As always the 2nd part of the Task is social.  This task was just to send a letter that included a goal for our BRIGHT half to help them achieve their goal word for the year.  The rest of the letter was to focus on one or more of the following about yourself:

– What you love + want to change in your life
— What your dream life looks like
— Why you selected your word and why it is important to your life

Another awesome task…unfortunately due to a mix-up, I never got a letter for this task…but this project isn’t about getting a letter in return, most of it is about the self-reflection and thinking about life!

PLEASE NOTE: 
This post has been in my draft folder since April 30th, 2014.  Task#4- took place from mid-March to mid-April–I’m just a wee bit behind on posting, I wanted to wait to see if I ever got a letter before posting this post, but because of the mix-up that never happened!

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