Category Archives: Foods (traditional)

NHL Hockey players visit Inuvik, part 2: The exhibition game

The exhibition hockey game happened at the Roy ‘Sugloo” Ipana memorial arena, which is part of the Midnight Sun Complex. The temperature outside was about -20c. 

Ottawa Senators fan Dennis Dulay works at the rec centre and was wearing team colours.

The arena has seating for about 350 people, and tickets quickly sold out.

Many people in the audience had team jerseys.

What do people eat at a hockey game in the NWT? Dry fish.

Former mayor of Inuvik Denny Rodgers is a Toronto fan.

Professional players shared the ice with young local players.

Looking like the Mad Trapper of Rat River,  the Ottawa Senators’ Chris Neil wore a muskrat hat instead of a helmet at first, as a joke.

This young fan looked like a real hockey player, with his missing tooth.

Jordin Tootoo cut through and scored the first goal of the night. Players were informally divided into “team black” and “team white.”

Young fans run around.

A victorious Senators player is seen through the plexiglass boards.

Fans watch the game from a balcony.

A noisy crowd at the Roy Sugloo Ipana Memorial Arena.

Hockey dreams: A young fan is lost in the game.


Community notices in Aklavik

You can learn a lot from community notices posted in small communities.

Here we see efforts to preserve caribou, asking people to abide by the voluntary hunting restrictions and requesting they shoot males only. There are notices to remind people that wasting meat is illegal in the NWT, and asking them to “let the leaders pass,” meaning not to create chaos by shooting the dominant males.

There’s also a project which is tracking salmon — that’s right, salmon have been spotted in the Mackenzie River, far from their usual habitat. Some see this unusual distribution as a sign of climate change.

We also see voluntary agreements for quotas of Arctic Char, another species which threatens to be in serious decline if overfished.

Happy Aboriginal Day 2011

Good news! I thought I had lost these photos of Aboriginal Day in late June.

The annual BBQ and games day is always a highlight of living in Inuvik.

By the way, this summer has been remarkably mosquito-free.

Happy Gwich’in Day 2011: Smoked fish and caribou stew for everyone

Today, April 21st was Gwich’in Day. 

There was a barbecue lunch in Inuvik in front of the Chief Jim Koe building, with ingredients provided by local people. This means caribou stew, reindeer soup, smoked arctic char, dry whitefish and more. 

The final photo is a fruitcake loaf with berries, which are picked in the hills around the region here.

Happy Gwich’in Day everybody, and hello to any Gwich’in readers out there!

Muskrat Jamboree 2011: Best weekend of the year

Pictured above: Fun and games at a community feast, featuring the Inuvik Drummers and Dancers.

Last photo is beluga whale Muktuk which is served with BBQ sauce.