Are you a Ranger?

    ᐱᓕᒻᒪᒃᓴᔭᐅᓂᖅ ᖁᐊᖅᑕᖅᒥ. ᓴᐅᒥᐊᓂᑦ ᑕᓕᖅᐱᖕᒧᑦ: ᔫᓯᐱ ᑯᓗᓚ, ᐋᑕᒥ ᒥᓵᑦ, ᐄᑎᐊᓐ "ᐃᔨᑦᓯᐊᖅ" ᐅᐃᓕᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐹᐱ ᐳᑐᓕ, 2005. Training in Quaqtaq. L to R: Jusipi Kulula, Adamie Michaud, Étienne “Eyitsiaq” Ouellet and Bobby Putuli, 2005. © 2 CRPG archives (3)

    Connecting and learning with Inuit

    Through my 19 years travelling the North, I have been stopped often at airports. It is hard to pass unnoticed with my “Army Green” clothing, although sometimes I feel I blend in perfectly with Nunavummiut camouflage clothing! “Are you a Ranger?” is the question I am asked the most. I then go on to explain I am part of a bigger organization called the 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, or 2 CRPG, a Reserve unit of the Canadian Armed Forces serving the North since 1997*. We mentor and look after the Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Ranger Programs for the Quebec area, including Nunavik. My questioner names multiple relatives who are, or were, Rangers. I know most of them, but not all. The connection is made, we both smile, knowing there are stories and tales to share, at least enough while waiting for our next flight!

    My first experience of the North was in 2002, training with the Kangiqsujuaq Rangers Patrol. This is where I got my nickname Eyitsiaq, given to me by the Rangers. Although I now wear glasses, it means “good eye” in Inuktitut. No matter how good my eyesight is, I can assure you it is not acclimatized to the tundra. It seems the Rangers and Junior Rangers can see beyond the horizon. On land or on water, they can spot things that take me minutes to see! No wonder we call them “the eyes and ears of the North”. I quickly came to two conclusions during that trip. First, cold for Nunavummiut is almost unbearable for me. Second, I needed to get myself a pair of Inuit sealskin mittens (paaluuk), and fast! Working bare-handed on my snowmobile, like I’ve seen mechanics do, without the possibility to warm up properly afterward, was unthinkable. I still wear those paaluuk today, almost 20 years later. 

    ᐃᓱᒪᑕᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᓵᕐᔨᓐᑦ ᒪᐃᑯᓪ ᑳᒧᕋᓐ ᓴᓪᓗᐃᑦᒥᐅᖅ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒍᑎᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓯᒡᔭᒃᑯᑦ, 2020. Sergeant Michael Cameron from Salluit gives directions during a move along the shoreline, 2020.

    Years after that first trip, I remember travelling with the Inukjuak Patrol and we crossed paths with the Akulivik and Puvirnituq Rangers 80 km north of Akulivik. Since those patrols were created in the early years of the formation, we didn’t have military snowmobiles up there, so I was assigned to an aging, yet mostly complete, Yamaha Bravo for this journey (accessories were clearly optional on this machine!). It was during that particular task that I first felt the magnitude of the land and its potential hardships as the weather turned on us on our return. But no worries for the team; morale remained high and I always felt safe having our scouts guiding us, even through the blizzard. 

    It is in these situations you learn tricks you can apply to anything in life. Always be prepared for the worst, like having snacks or taquat ready on hand. Most importantly, don’t wait to be down on one knee to seek help. On that trip I met my personal limit and decided to place my “invincible instructor pride” aside and ask for help to fight the agonizing cold (even with my paaluuk). Many Rangers helped me, no shame there, and we concluded our trip safely and with that big Nunavummiut smile on our faces. 

    I always feel welcome and at home everywhere I travel in Nunavik. Each time feels like I am part of a large family with people always willing to help. While on training with Rangers or Junior Rangers we exchange many topics such as navigation, finding country food, building shelter, practicing search and rescue procedures, and so on. I emphasize the word exchange, as I learn from them as much as they learn from me. I think I can summarize our activities by trying to make the best of the old and the new — the traditions and the technology, the military way and the community way. This unique relationship has been the backbone of our success. This has enabled us to conduct our difficult mandate and to thrive no matter the elements and, in the end, save lives. 

    Almost two decades later, to the recurring question, “Are you a Ranger?” my answer is no and I will probably never be one. However, I do take pride in working with them, see Junior Rangers become Rangers and am happy to hear when old friends I have travelled with in the North are appointed to an important leadership position within the community. I am honoured and feel privileged to have the chance to experience first-hand Inuit culture, learn and hopefully transmit some knowledge to them. So keep an eye out for me or one of my “Army Green” colleagues and let’s share stories of our many adventures in the North. Maybe it will be the start of something new! 


    ᐊᑦᑕᑕᖅᓯᒪᓕᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ 

     ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᖅ ᐄᑎᐊᓐ ᐅᐃᓕᑦ 

    ᐃᖏᕐᕋᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓕᕐᓱᖓ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ 19−ᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᓂ, ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒃᑯᕕᖕᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᒐᔪᒃᑲᒪ. ᐊᔪᕐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑐᖅ ᐅᔾᔨᕆᔭᐅᖖᒋᒋᐊᓴᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ ∀ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᑦ ᑐᖑᖅᑑᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᖏᓂᒃ∀, ᐃᓛᓗ ᐃᓛᓐᓂᒃᑯᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᓈᒻᒪᑦᓯᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᑕᖅᓴᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᑐᖃᑕᐅᓪᓗᖓ ᐊᔾᔨᒋᔭᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᑰᔨᕙᒃᑐᖓ ᐃᓄᖏᓐᓄᑦ! ∀ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐅᕖᑦ?∀ ᐊᐱᕆᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᒋᒐᓱᒃᐸᕋ. ᑕᐃᒪᓗ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒋᐊᓕᖅᐸᒃᓱᖓ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᓐᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᖏᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᓐᓂᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᔭᐅᓂᓐᓂᒃ 2 ΓΡΠΓ−ᑯᓐᓄᑦ, ᐃᓇᖏᖅᑎᒃᓴᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᖅᑎᒋᔭᐅᓕᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᖖᒐᓂᑦ 1997−ᒥᑦ∗. ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᓯᔨᒋᔭᐅᕗᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᒪᔨᐅᓪᓗᑕ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᑲᕐᖠᕐᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖏᓂᒃ ᑯᐃᐸᐅᑉ ᐊᕙᑎᖓᓂ, ᐃᓚᖃᖅᓱᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᕕᖕᒥ. ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᖅᑎᒐ ᑕᐃᔨᓯᐅᕙᒃᑐᖅ ᐊᒥᓲᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓚᒌᖑᔪᓂᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. ᑕᒪᕐᒥᑲᓴᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᑭᒃᑰᒋᐊᖏᓂᒃ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓗᒃᑖᖖᒋᒃᑭᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᑕᑯᑐᕋᐅᓐᓇᓐᓄᒃ, ᖁᖓᑦᑐᒍᒃ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᖅᑕᖃᐅᕐᓂᐊᕋᑦᑕ, ᐅᑕᖅᑭᐅᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᓯᐊᓄᑦ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒧᑦ ᐃᑭᕕᒃᓴᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ! 

    2002−ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᑭᐅᖓ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᐊᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᕗᖓ, ᐱᓕᒻᒪᒃᓴᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᓪᓗᖓ ᑲᖏᖅᓱᔪᐊᖅ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂ. ᑕᐃᑲᓃᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᐊᑦᓯᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᐃᔨᑦᓯᐊᖅ, ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓂᑦ. ᐃᓛᓗ ᐃᒡᒑᓐᓂᒃ ᑕᒃᐱᒃᓯᐅᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᓕᕋᓗᐊᕋᒪ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᑐᑭᖃᕐᒪᑦ ∀ᑕᒃᐱᒃᑐᖅ∀. ᑕᒃᐱᑦᓯᐊᖅᑐᒐᓗᐊᕈᒪ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᔪᓐᓇᕋᒃᑭ ᑕᒃᐱᖕᓂᕋ ᓱᓕ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᓕᖅᓯᒪᖖᒋᒻᒪᑦ. ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᑲᖅᓯᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐅᑦ ᓂᑉᑕᓂᐅᔪᑉ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᔪᓐᓇᖅᑰᔨᕙᖕᒪᑕ. ᓄᓇᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᒫᓂ, ᑕᑯᑲᐅᑎᒋᕙᒻᒪᑕᓕ ᓱᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᒃ ᐅᕙᖓᓕ ᐊᑯᓕᐅᓕᒻᒪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᓯᒪᓕᕆᐊᖃᖅᐸᒃᑎᓪᓗᖓ! ᓲᖃᐃᒻᒪ ᑕᐃᔭᐅᕙᒃᑐᑦ ∀ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᔨᒋᔭᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᐅᑎᒋᔭᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ∀. ᕿᓚᒥᐊᓗᒃ ᒪᕐᕈᐃᓐᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᐊᕋᒪ ᑐᑭᓯᐅᒪᓕᓚᐅᕋᒪ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥᒃ, ᓂᒡᓚᓱᓗᐊᕐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓂᑦ ᐅᕙᓐᓄᓪᓕ ᐊᔪᕐᓇᓪᓚᕆᑲᓴᖅᑑᑎᓐᓇᒃᑯ. ᑐᒡᓕᖓᓂᒃᓕ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓇᑦᑎᕐᓂᑦ ᐳᐊᓗᓕᐊᕆᔭᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᐳᐊᓗᑖᕆᐊᖃᕋᒪ (ᐹᓘᒃ), ᑕᕝᕙᑲᐅᑎᒋ! ᐳᐊᓗᓯᒪᓇᖓ ᓯᑭᑑᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᔪᓐᓇᕋᓱᒋᐊᖅ, ᓲᕐᓗ ᐃᑯᒪᓕᕆᔨᒻᒪᕇᑦ ᓴᓇᕙᖕᒪᑕᑎᑐᑦ, ᑭᖑᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᓴᓕᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᕋᑎᒃ, ᐊᔪᕆᓪᓚᕆᓚᐅᕋᒃᑯᓕ. ᐅᓪᓗᒥᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᑦᓱᒍ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊᒃ ᐹᓘᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᒃᑲ, ᐊᕙᑎᓪᓗᐊᓄᑦ (20) ᐅᑭᐅᖑᓕᖅᑐᓄᑦ. 

    ᐅᑭᐅᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᓈᓯᒪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᐃᒪ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᖃᑕᐅᓯᒪᒐᒪᒥᑦ, ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᕗᖓ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᖃᑎᒋᓚᐅᕋᒃᑭᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᔪᐊᖅ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᑎᓯᓚᐅᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑯᓕᕕᖕᒥᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐳᕕᕐᓂᑐᖅᒥᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᖏᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᖃᑎᒌᒻᒥᔪᓂᒃ 80 ᑭᓗᒦᑕᓪᓗᐊᓂᒃ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂᑦ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑎᒋᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᑯᓕᕕᐅᑉ ᓄᓇᓕᖓᓂᑦ. ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍᓗ ᑖᒃᑯᐊᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒻᒪᑕ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐊᖑᓯᒪᓕᓵᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᓯᑭᑑᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᑕᖃᕐᕕᐅᓚᐅᖖᖏᓐᓇᑦᑕ ᑕᒃᐹᓂ, ᑕᐃᒪᓕ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᐱᑐᖃᐅᓕᖅᑐᒥᒃ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓗ ᐃᓗᐃᒃᑲᓪᓚᕆᑲᓴᐅᓪᓗᓂ, ᔮᒪᕼᐋ ᐳᕌᕘ ᓯᑭᑐᒥᒃ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᖃᑕᐅᓗᖓ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᓐᓂᒃ (ᓱᓇᖁᑎᒃᓴᖏᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᓚᐅᖖᒋᓚᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᖖᒋᓐᓂᖏᑕ!). ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᒐᑦᑕ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒥᖓ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᓕᓚᐅᕋᒪ ᓄᓇᐅᑉ ᐊᖏᔪᐊᓘᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃᑰᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᓯᓚᓗᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒻᒪᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅ ᑎᓪᓗᑕ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓗ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒃᑲᓗᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᒃᑎᓂᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᒍᑎᒋᔭᐅᓕ ᓚᐅᖖᒋᓚᖅ; ᓴᐱᖖᒋᓐᓂᖏᑦ ᖁᑦᑏᓐᓇᖅᑎᓚᐅᕐᒪᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖖᒋᑦᑐᒦᓐᓂᓐᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᕋᒪ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᒋᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂᑦ, ᐱᖅᓯᖅᑐᐊᓘᒐᓗᐊᖅᐸᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ. 

    ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᒃᑐᒃᑰᓕᖅᓯᒪᓗᓂ ᐃᓕᑦᓯᓇᖅᐸᒻᒪᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑦᓯᔪᓐ ᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥ. ᐊᕐᓇᒃᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᖃᕋᔭᕐᓂᖅᐸᒧᑦ, ᑕᒧᐊᔭᒃᓴᖃᕆᐊᒥᒃ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑕᖁᐊᓂᒃ ᓇᒃᓴᖅᓯᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ. ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓗᐊᕐᓂᖅᐸᐅᓪᓗᓂᓗ, ᓰᖅᑯᖓᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᒃᓴᒥᒃ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᐅᕆᐊᖃᖖᒋᓐᓂᕐᒥᒃ. ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐃᓱᓕᕝᕕᒃᓴᕆᔭᓐᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᓯᒪᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᑕᐃᒪᓗ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᓕᓚᐅᕋᒪ ∀ᐊᔪᖖᒋᓐᓂᖅᐸᐅᓪᓗᖓ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᐅᑉ ᒪᑭᑕᔪᓐᓇᖅᑑᓂᖓ∀ ᓴᓂᕐᕙᕆᐊᖃᓕᕋᒃᑯ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᓪᓗᖓᓗ ᐊᐱᕆᓯᒪᓂᐊᕋᒪ ᐅᖓᑎᓗᐊᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᒃᑮᓗᐊᕈᖕᓇᐃᕈᑎᒃᓴᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᑎᑕᐅᔪᒪᓪᓗᖓ (ᐹᓘᒃᑲ ᐊᑐᕋᓗᐊᖅᓱᖏᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ). ᐊᒥᓱᓂᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓂᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᓕᓚᐅᕋᒪ, ᑲᖖᒍᓇᖅᑐᖃᖅᑎᑦᓯᓇᑎᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᕗᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᖃᖖᒋᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᓕᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᐃᓱᐊᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᑦᓱᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᖁᖓᔾᔪᓯᖓᑎᑐᑦ ᖁᖓᓯᒪᕐᔪᐊᖅᑑᓪᓗᑕ ᑕᒪᑦᑕ. 

    ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᐃᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑐᖓ ᑐᖖᒐᓱᒃᑎᑕᐅᕙᓐᓂᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖅᑐᑎᑐᑦ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓯᒪᑐᐊᕌᖓᒪ ᓇᓪᓕᐊᓄᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕕᖕᒥ. ᑎᑭᑕᒫᓪᓗ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᐊᓘᓪᓗᑎ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑲᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᕋᔭᕈᒪ. ᐱᓕᒻᒪᒃᓴᐃᓂᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓂᒃ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᑲᖅᓯᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᓗᒃᑖᖅᐸᒃᑐᒍ ᑭᐳᒍᑎᒋᕙᒃᓱᑎᒍ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᔭᐅᓕᖅᓯᒪᕙᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᕕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓂᕿᖏᓂᒃ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᐊᕆᐊᖅᐸᓐᓂᕐᓄᑦ, ᓇᔪᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᐸᓐᓂᕐᓄᑦ, ᐊᔪᕈᓐᓃᖅᓴᓂᐅᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᕿᓂᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᕙᒋᐊᓕᓐᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᑭᐳᒍᑎᖃᖅᐸᓐᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᖃᖅᑕᕋ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᕆᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᐸᕋ, ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᑐᓂ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᑦᓯᕝᕕᖃᖅᐸᒃᑲᒪ ᓲᕐᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐅᕙᓐᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᑦᓯᓯᒪᓕᖅᐸᒻᒥᒻᒪᑕ. ᐃᓱᒪᕗᖓ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᕙᒃᑕᕗᑦ ᓇᐃᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔪᓐᓇᕋᒃᑭᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᑐᖃᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᑖᖑᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᐅᓕᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᖃᕋᓱᐊᖅᐸᓐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ −—ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓇᕐᕈᑎᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᓐᓂᕐᓂ, ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᕆᕙᒃᑕᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᕆᕙᒃᑕᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᖅᐸᒃᓱᑕ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᖃᕋᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᕆᕙᒃᑕᕗᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᑦᑕ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᑦᓯᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᕙᓐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᖖᒐᕝᕕᓪᓚᕆᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ. ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᐊᔪᕐᓇᖅᑑᑎᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᕆᔭᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᓯᕙᒃᑲᑦᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᓱᑕ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᖃᕋᓗᐊᕐᓂᖅᐸᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ, ᐃᓱᓕᓯᒪᓕᕌᖓᑦ, ᐊᓐᓇᐅᒪᑎᑦᓯᔪᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑐᒍᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒋᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ. 

    ᐊᐅᐸᓗ ᓄᑲᖅᓯᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᒻᒪᕆᒻᒥᑦ ᓯᑯᒥ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᕿᔭᖅᑐᕐᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, 2020. Aupaluk Junior Rangers supervised by a Ranger during an ice fishing trip, 2020.

    ᐊᕙᑎᑲᓴᐅᓕᖅᑐᑦ (20) ᐅᑭᐅᑦ ᓈᓯᒪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑕᐅᖏᓐᓇᐅᔭᖅᐸᒃᑐᖅ ᐅᓇ, ∀ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐅᕖᑦ?∀ ᑭᐅᔾᔪᑎᒃᓴᖃᕈᑎᒋᕙᕋ ᐋᒃᑳᕐᓗᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᖖᒍᓚᐅᖅ ᓯᒪᓂᐊᕋᓱᒋᖖᒋᓚᖓ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓗ ᓴᕆᒪᒋᕙᕋ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑲᒃᑭᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ, ᑕᑯᓯᒪᔪᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑲᒪ ᓄᑲᖅᓯᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᖖᒍᖅᐸᓐᓂᖏᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑎᒋᕙᕋ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑕᐅᕙᒃᑲᒪ ᐱᖃᑎᐊᓗᑐᖃᕆᔭᒃᑲ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᖃᑎᒋᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑎᓕᔭᐅᓯᒪᓕᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᑕ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᑎᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᐅᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᒋᔭᒥᓐᓂ. ᐅᐱᒋᕙᒃᑲ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᒃᑯᒥᒋᕙᒃᑲ ᐊᑐᖃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᑐᖃᖓᓐᓂᒃ, ᐃᓕᑦᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᓪᓗᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓚᖏᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᕆᔭᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᑦᓯᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᓯᒪᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦᑕᐅᖅ. ᑕᐃᒪᓕᑦᑕᑕᐅᖅ ᓇᐅᑦᓯᖅᑐᕈᑎᓂᐊᖅᐸᑦᓯᖓ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ∀ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑐᖑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᑦ∀ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒋᔭᒃᑲ ᓇᐅᑦᓯᖅᑐᕈᑎᓯᒪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑏ ᐊᒥᖅᑲᕈᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑕ ᐊᑐᖅᓯᒪᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ. ᐃᒻᒪᖄᓕ ᓄᑖᑎᒍᑦ ᓱᓇᓄᒃᑭᐊᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᓯᒪᓕᕈᑎᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ! 

    ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑕᐅᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓄᑦ, ᓄᑲᖅᓯᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 2CRPG-ᓄᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᕖᔅᐳᒃᑎᒍᑦ (Facebook) ᐅᕙᓂ @2GPRC.2CRPG.

    ∗ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ 1947−ᒥ ᑐᖖᒐᕝᕕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ. 

    ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᖅ ᐄᑎᐊᓐ ᐅᐃᓕᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᐅᕗᖅ 2−ᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᔭᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. 

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