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Posted by Oo Aqpik on October 15, 2012

The Adventure Canada Arctic Safari on Clipper Adventurer started at the end of July and we reached our final destination right on my birthday, August 9th.  I learned a lot about myself during the 10 day voyage; I am still surprised about the cultural differences that came...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on October 5, 2012

We get back onboard the Clipper Adventurer and start heading north. We pass some ice and the ship uses the thrusters to avoid some of them. I’m not well and the boat is not my friend again so I sleep.

We finally reach our destination, Resolute Bay, Nunavut. It is also my birthday! I am on...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on September 16, 2012

The next day we anchor in Clyde River and its foggy, Canadian Customs don't land and we in turn therefore cannot make our landing back to Canada.  We start to head north and explore along the way in zodiacs.  The next day we are in Pond Inlet, its a beautiful day in a scenic community....

Posted by Oo Aqpik on September 13, 2012

After a nice game of soccer and a brief visit, we now head to Ilulissat, Greenland. The place name means glacier. Once we arrive and start to go towards the docks, traffic of fishing boats and a bustling fishing plant is evident.

We filmed near the glacier park and hurry back to the commun...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on September 10, 2012

July 31, 2012 - We film at the Itilleq graveyard with Aaju, she has memories of her childhood here. Its a quaint community much like the home I grew up in, except its tundra with only walking paths, if only we left it like that. The similarities settle my anxiety and I try to take it all in...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on September 5, 2012

We board the Clipper Adventurer and we head to Itilleq. The fjord is long and as soon as we hit the Arctic Ocean, it’s storming and all of a sudden, the ship doesn't look so big. I get sea sick and I complain to myself (and out loud), "why did I agree to be on the boat!?"

The next day a bi...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on September 4, 2012

July 30, 2012 - On a journey to discovering sovereignty, an amazing opportunity to be on an Arctic cruise onboard the Clipper Adventurer with Adventure Canada for 10 days.  We flew to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and a friendly older policeman stamps our passports without any fuss...

She taught me more than sovereignty
Posted by Oo Aqpik on August 22, 2012

Sovereignty is a big word.  I had to look it up, Dictionary.com professed it to be:

  1. "quality or state of being sovereign" - this I found vague

  2. "the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign: royalty" - always with the royalty.

  3. "su...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on July 27, 2012

When I was in high school I started to get interested in the land claims.  I joined the Baffin Region Inuit Association, BRIA - Youth committee as a secretary treasurer and eventually became President.   The majority of the population of Nunavut Inuit were youth...

Posted by Oo Aqpik on July 25, 2012

Nunavut has been a long road and yes, that road is still unfolding.  Once Inuit unity was formed, Inuit Tapirisat of Canada or ITC, now known as Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) started the Inuit Use and Occupancy Study which later was presented to the Government of Canada in 1973....