The first round of interviews for this study was held in Arviat (“Place of the Bowhead Whale”) in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. This Inuit community of 2,318 (Statistics Canada, 2011 census) on the western shore of Hudson Bay is a place where the traditional is often dramatically juxtaposed with modernity. Bitter cold and blizzard conditions in Arviat did not deter participation in this study. Some made their way on foot in darkness across this wind- swept community with temperatures dipping as low as minus 50. They attended the Wellness Centre to share their knowledge and perspectives about mental health and criminal justice.
I would like to acknowledge and express my profound thanks to Shirley Tagalik, Chair of the Arviat Health Committee, who oversaw the organization of these research interviews, and to two Inuktitut-speaking Research Assistants Sarah Curley and Kim Arualak. I am also very grateful for the fine Inuktitut interpretation assistance of Nicholas Arnalukjuak . Finally, I wish to thank the community of Arviat for its interest and participation in this Queen’s University study.
The next round of interview in Arviat will take place in March.