The fire trucks paid the neighboring apartment building a visit

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On the side of the truck ,although difficult to read, is the word ‘fire/incendie and the syllabics for the word- fire. Interesting fact is that the Baffin region is the only part of Nunavut which uses syllabics. Currently there is a review to consider standardizing the language across the Territory, however there are difficulties presented as  it has been primarily an oral based language. On a side note all is ok and the small fire in the neighboring building was contained.

Some uniquely northern Facebook posts

1INTERESTING HAT2 pOLAR BEAR FACDE BOOK    3  WALRUS MEAT FOR SALE

 

  1. Interesting hat made with seal skin pieces.
  2. Polar bear hide for sale.
  3. Walrus meat for sale.

These are just a few of the items which make living in the north unique.  Very interesting to note that all the community events, cancellations etc. are all on Facebook. So despite the fact that I was always somewhat opposed to the ‘like culture’  and the ‘unfriend’ parts of Facebook in place of real interactions , I now am a part of the Facebook group here.

The days are getting shorter…

 

The sun rises around 7:50 am,  as we head to work and sets by around 2:30 pm. Soon we will be arriving at work before the sun rises and leaving after it has set. : (  We have taken out the ‘blue light’ and have it on while eating breakfast in hopes that we can ‘trick’ our brains. So far when I look out in the afternoon and see that it is already dark my brain begins to measure the time. Hence, by 7 pm. my brain thinks it must be time to go to bed (around 5 hours after the sun sets). Interesting how the our bodies and minds are influenced by the sun/moon cycle.daylight sunset

Citizenship ceremony in Iqaluit

Yesterday I went to a citizenship ceremony at the Service Canada building. I was joining with my friends from the community choir of which I am a part, to sing for another member who had just passed her citizenship test.

As many of the buildings are not clearly marked and addresses are meaningless. The addresses are based on which order the houses/homes/dwellings were built. This means that you could have building number 6 beside building number 157 or 2008. It is interesting, as the directions I was given to find the building were- it’s across from where you get your liquor license. Not very helpful as I have not purchased a liquor license and it makes me somewhat worried about the alcohol consumption by the other members of the choir. : )

I made it to the building and after the presentation of the certificates to 25 new Canadians, we all joined in song in singing our National Anthem. It was an amazing experience, as our representative senator  Dennis Patterson wearing a seal skin vest spoke to the assembled people. Lieutenant governor Nellie Kusugak  also had interesting stories to tell of people who came up to Nunavut and stayed to become Canadian citizens and also family members. The ceremony took place mostly in English and French with a few words in Inuktitut.

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Wouldn’t be Canada it there weren’t any Mounties.