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Qajaqtuqtut, aka Expedition Q, was the brainchild of Eric McNair-Landry. His dream was to build traditional Inuit kayaks and paddle them across an ancient portage route connecting one side of Baffin Island with the other. He recruited his sister Sarah as well as Katherine Breen and Erik Boomer to embark upon the journey. Together, the foursome settled on a design and began the building process in March 2013. The team wanted to involve the community as much as possible and was able to host a series of workshops at the high school in Iqaluit. Keeping kayak building and paddling traditions alive in Nunavut is an important part of the team’s mission. The team hopes to continue its work by facilitating kayak-building workshops in the future.

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