Mamatuk!! Mmm…it’s good! (unlike whatever Blake just cooked)

Between Blake flying stand-by, the 100km high winds, and Liz’s difficulties with directions, we weren’t sure how smoothly our trip would go…but we are happy to say we made it to Salluit!! We got in last night and were greeted by our wonderful homestay Barbara and her adorable and verrrrry entertaining 2-year-old foster son William! Salluit is such a beautiful community (note the picture below while appreciating Liz’s new-found photography skills) and we are so happy to be here, and […]

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(Français en bas)  After many goodbyes, giggles, crying, and whatever Liz did before we left, Blizabeth Linthmunn (for those out of the loop, that’s Blake Linthwaite and Elizabeth Munn mashed together) ARE OFF TO SALLUIT!…or at least in the Montreal airport. Blake’s mummy was nice enough to drive us to the Montreal airport with our two 30kg bags stuffed with weeks worth of dried food and copious amounts peanut butter (our favourite). We did go over the weight limit initially […]

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The Salluit Sistaz Say Salut!

Dear family, friends, and devoted readers: we are sad to report that this is our last blog post, but we have spent an incredible six weeks in Salluit that we will never forget. Here is an update on our last couple of days in this (still) snowy paradise. After much preparation, we successfully pulled off our “Salluit Masters” game on Wednesday with the students and teachers at Ikusik. This was a modified version of a scavenger hunt, with “Masters” (ie. […]

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And to think our parents were worried we wouldn’t eat enough in Salluit…

It seems like just yesterday that we first arrived, but our final week in Salluit has already begun! Last week we taught many lessons on substance abuse, including some very successful smoking lessons where we showed the students other products that contain the same chemicals as cigarettes (gasoline, toilet bowl cleaner and moth balls to name a few). We even had one question in our question box asking how someone can quit smoking, so we feel this lesson was very […]

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The ABC’s of Salluit

A is for Annie Alaku – On Tuesday we invited Annie, a community elder and past principal, to return to Ikusik School and talk to the students about physical and sexual abuse. First, she spoke to the older students, and then to the grade 5 & 6 students. Thanks to the translations by an Inuk teacher sitting next to us, we were very lucky to be a part of this moving presentation. She spoke from personal experience and from the heart […]

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Another snowy day in May!

As we sit writing this blog the snow keeps falling. The weather report calls for sunshine, but the chilly weather keeps persisting! While this might be hurting our plans to gain a raccoon tan, it’s great for the villagers who are still able to fish on the frozen lake. On Victoria Day, we worked on our Mental Health week lessons (school was closed), and got a surprise call from Josapie, a village elder. He invited us to join him and […]

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From Movie Madness to Henna Hysteria

As this blog is written we are sitting in our living room with feet up and a warm drink in hand, completely exhausted from an incredible 5 and half hour hike through the tundra with two of Ikusik’s teachers. The view, the land, the birds, the calmness and the difficult climb left us amazed. Though it may take time to realize it, the North is truly an incredible untouched gem. In the last couple of days, we have been going […]

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“What rhymes with uterus?” We’re not very good at blog titles…

Our second weekend in Salluit was tiring and exciting! We were pumped to set up a table at the garage sale on Saturday at Pigiurvik, with info about QHO, Canada’s Food Guide, food labels and more. Sadly, as beautiful as our posters were, there were only three families to see them. Apparently, the garage sale was not as happening a place as we’d expected…however we were very excited when one of the parents looked at our posters, and even took […]

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Salluit is blowing us away! (Literally!)

After a 4 day hiatus, the dynamic duo is back and more injured than ever (intrigued? keep reading). Salluit continues to blow us away, both literally (see picture below) and figuratively… We’ve had a jam-packed week at the secondary school, Ikusik, having paid a visit to a class during every period this week. To recap, this week we covered Physical Health, which included Hygiene, Nutrition, Diabetes, Safety and Physical Fitness. Between homemade trail mix, full body diagrams named “Diabilly” for […]

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The Salluit Sistazz Settle In

We can’t believe we’ve already been here for more than a week! Time flies when you are running around all day with classes here, meetings there and after school activities. In the past couple days we’ve started teaching at Ikusik, the secondary school, and Pigiurvik, the elementary school. We have been teaching hygiene, safety, nutrition, and physical activity. We’ve been practicing the hand washing steps (hands are getting really dry!), teeth brushing and flossing (my dentist would be proud!) for […]

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