The project’s first interviews in Qikiqtarjuaq (population 520, Statistics Canada, 2011 census) in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut took place in late February. Qikiqtarjuaq (“Big Island”) is a spectacularly situated and traditional community surrounded by mountains north of the Arctic Circle off the eastern coast of Baffin Island. The community was very supportive and–remarkably–made itself available even while rescue teams searched for two hunters missing for many days on the land. Thankfully, the hunters were rescued and the community celebrated with a spontaneous and very traditional feast.
I am once again very grateful for the considerable assistance of my research coordinator and Inuktitut interpreter and thankful to the community for participating in this research.
The next round of interviews for this community is set for later in the year.