We’re Off!!!

Greetings from Montreal Airport! It is 8:50 and we are impatiently waiting to board our first plane to Puvirnituq, on route to Salluit! We are very excited and can’t believe that we are finally setting off today! After months of hard work, fundraising and preparation (under the amazing guidance of our lovely P.D. Erinn, Erin and Kelsey!!) we feel ready to embark on our Northern adventure! We look forward to settling in tomorrow and meeting the community! … and to catching […]

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It’s Raining Candy!

New week, new school! We were very excited to teach at Pigurivik this week with some of the younger students! We taught smoking and nutrition in the grade 3 and 4 classes. Though the K-2 students are adorable, they have not learned English or French yet, so sadly we couldn’t teach to them. Thanks to an Inuktitut translator, the classes with the grade 3 and 4 students were both informative and fun. The students love activities and visuals so our […]

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One Month Already?!

Another amazing week in Salluit! Last week we enjoyed our second girl’s night full of baking (and eating) delicious cookies. We had a blast finishing up our smoking and alcohol lessons and we were very excited to have some students approach us about trying to quit smoking. It’s nice to know that they can trust us and that they are listening to our lessons! We celebrated a week of hard work last Sunday by going on a hike to a […]

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Super Second Week in Salluit!

  Hello from Northern Paradise!   We finished off our first week of teaching on a great note by playing outside in the amazing weather we’ve been having! We tried to bake the teachers cranberry oatmeal cookies to say thank you for a great week, but unfortunately we burnt most of them!       We have been really lucky, it’s been clear blue skies most days. The teachers and students say we will probably have three more snowstorms before […]

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Welcome to Nunavik!

We made it to Salluit! We got in Friday night and were excited to meet the principal of Ikusik, Bernard, at the airport. He drove us (the short five minute drive) to our wonderful hostess Monique’s house where we spent the evening getting settled in. Our weekend was full of meeting new people, hiking, napping and adjusting to the Salluit lifestyle. On Saturday we hiked up the big hill right behind Monique’s house and had a great time slipping and […]

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En Route!

Here we are, sitting in Puvirnituq, Québec! We are halfway to Salluit! After a very late departure from Kingston last night and a hectic morning dealing with baggage, we are thankful to be sitting in a (tiny) airport waiting for our next flight. Our fears of having over-weight suitcases were definitely confirmed when we left Montreal this morning and ended up having to pack a THIRD 30kg suitcase. We swear it’s not all clothes and make-up though: almost all of […]

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Keeping up with the Kids: Salluit Edition

Last week was a very exciting week, inside and outside of the classroom! We are happy to report that our first week of teaching the primary classes has gone very well. We are working hard to keep our lessons interactive as we can, and so far so good! We have been trying to control the energetic students in our primary classes by creating a point system, where each class receives points for listening and participating during our lesson. We have […]

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Spring is in the air…

Hey remember us!? We are a bit late on the blogging due to some technical difficulties, but were back with lots to share! Last weekend, we had the experience of a lifetime! We were invited by one of the teachers Carol (quite the experienced explorer) to go out on the land. We went out on snowmobiles across the frozen bay surrounded by nothing but blue sky and white mountains. Lauren was taking photos of everything in sight, while Kendra was […]

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