Inuit have always had to adapt to survive but since the end of the Second World War have found themselves confronted with a very different way of life emanating from the South. As a result, young people today are having to survive, not in the fight to stay alive in a cold climate but by having to learn to bridge two cultures in their daily lives to find a new cross-cultural identity, while the tentacles of change insert themselves increasingly into all corners of life North of Sixty.
Taken many years ago in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, this picture of Robert Joamie on his Hot Rod in his sealskin parka is just a small reminder of the cross-cultural lifestyle that Inuit youth face daily in almost every aspect of life. © Nick Newbery/Government of Nunavut (2)
Summer in Nunavut means ATV time. In the days of threewheelers, this trio: Monica, Dora and Joanna Kopalie managed to squeeze onto one, only to find there wasn’t a lot of room!
Every spring Inuit yearn to get back on the land with its fresh air and sense of freedom. Near Iqaluit, Nunavut, on the opposite side of Koojesse Inlet, there is a small campground at The Causeway, not far from the river, where families set up their tents and where kids can go fishing and run free all summer.
Though they bring to mind the Gilbert & Sullivan song. ‘Three little girls from school are we…’ from the operetta ‘The Mikado,’ these three, Joanna Kopalie, Naimie Keyookta and Debbie Nutaralak reflect very different traditions. Typical of young Inuit girls, they were wearing their mothers’ amoutiit and ‘packing’ younger siblings for an afternoon babysitting walk in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.
The amoutik has always been Inuit women’s method of carrying their young, leaving their hands free for other things. Here, Hallia Arnaquq peeks out from inside her fox fur trim to look at the Snowbirds as they perform in the skies over Iqaluit. © Nick Newbery/Government of Nunavut (5)
Qikiqtarjuaq has fall visitors every year, visitors that are large, white and dangerous. The bears are drawn by the smell of seals left overnight on the beach by hunters. The boys, Michael Kakkee, Kevin Koonieliusie, Josie Audlakiak and Gordie Audlakiak were taking a close look at this bear’s skull after the animal had been skinned and shared for food in the community. © Nick Newbery/Government of Nunavut (5)