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Ayalik Fund provides mobile canoe-camp

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Trip-leader-in-training Andrew Anavilok. © Ayalik Fund.

You may be wondering what, if anything the Ayalik Fund is able to do during this rather strange summer. We had thirty youths slated for various programs in NWT, Alberta, and three different Ontario locations — the expected array of camps and canoeing and tall‐ship sailing. Most of this was unavoidably cancelled. But not all! 

In mid July, 11 boys, 14‐ and 15‐years‐olds from the Kitikmeot region flew to Yellowknife (with the territorial chief medical officers’ permission) to participate in a two‐week mobile canoe‐camp in the Pensive Lakes area at the far end of the Ingraham Trail, 70 km east of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. 

Accompanying them as a trip‐leader‐in‐training was 17‐year‐old Andrew Anavilok from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, an alumnus of previous Ayalik canoe trips, and a notable success story for the funds’ collective efforts. 

This year’s new program was arranged by the Jackpine Paddle outfitting company in Yellowknife. 

The Ayalik Fund website has also been updated, including a new video overview of the program. Visit www.ayalikfund.ca