Iqaluit

  • Iqaluit
  • Nunavut

The excitement began as soon as we picked up our new participants at the Iqaluit airport, where they were greeted by leg 6 participant Natan Obed. Natan is the president of the Inuit Tapipiriit Kanatami, and welcomed participants to Nunavut before he spoke of his experience on the Canada C3 ship, which took participants from Nain to Iqaluit. The team then spent some time in the city, which included a visit to the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, a site known for its Inuit artifacts. Participants also walked the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park and got a great view of nearby islands and massive chunks of sea ice. We then made our way to the Canada C3 ship for the first time, and had our first “C3 hour”. We were lucky enough to host Iqaluit mayor Madeleine Redfern, local elder Annie Petaulassie, Students on Ice alumni, and Robert Comeau, our Youth Ambassador for leg 8! We were honoured to witness Annie light a qulliql, a traditional oil lamp made of seal fat, which is used to bring warmth and light to the harsh arctic environment. Our leg 7 participants have so many interesting stories and experiences, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them!