I had the opportunity to visit this beautiful community. It is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and incredible icebergs.
Looking at Frobisher Bay which is frozen.
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.
Here is photo taken by David Kilabuk of the northern lights in Pang. I have seen the green waves of light dancing in the night sky but nothing like this photo. Amazing!
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 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.
Yesterday I had fried bannock for the first time. I have not yet met a bannock that I didn’t like but fried just brings it to the next level. Here is my first attempt at making fried bannock coated in cinnamon and sugar, as there is no sugar in the dough. All I can say is yum!
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.
Wouldn’t be Canada it there weren’t any Mounties.