**Here is a text prepared by the Junior High 3 class of Kugaardjuq School.
The creation of Nunavut, to us, means hope. Hope for a better and brighter future. The word "Nunavut" says it all, "OUR LAND". This hope will encourage us to become more self-sufficient and innovative. The creation of Nunavut will also help us preserve our language and culture. This is very important to us. We live in the Hamlet of Pelly Bay. In Inuktitut, Pelly Bay is Akviligjuaq, which means "place with lots of bowhead whales". One upon a time, our bay was part of the whales’ migration route. This unfortunately changed and they no longer passed through here for many years, until now. Two year ago, everyone in Pelly Bay were thrilled to see the return of the bowhead whales. Pelly Bay is small community of roughly 500 people. 94% is Inuit while only 6% make-up the non-Inuit population. We have a Health Center (staffed by two nurses), a co-op store, a K-10 school (grades 11 and 12 will soon be added), an arena as well as a small community gym. (We are looking forward to the construction of a new larger gym which will be attached to the school.) We also have an old stone church which was built in the 1950s by Father Pierre Henri. Now it is a museum. In it you will find many traditional tools and other items such as caribou parkas and kamiks. Our community may be small, but its people are very warm and inviting. Geographically, Pelly Bay is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. Beyond them you will find many wonderful lakes and rivers. Kugaardjuq river runs just behind the school. An other popular river is the Kalit River. That river is a major source of fish. (Our Arctic char is the best in the Arctic). Many people install nets as soon as the ice is safe enough to go on. Every summer, the Elders set up a camp on the Kalit river where they teach the youth about the land. We are very proud of the fact that our community is very traditional. This is what makes use quite special we believe. We have retained many of the traditions and customs of the Inuit people. During Christmas, for example, we hold traditional games all week long between Christmas and the New Year. As well, we have huge feasts where one could savour the best of Inuit foods -Arctic char, raw seal, caribou stew, musk ox, and yes, even aged walrus are among what we eat. It’s very good, you should try some one day. An other major past-time in Pelly are square dances. We have local musicians who provide the live entertainment for our dances. Elders and children alike have a foot-stomping good time! These dances could sometimes go on until 3:00 AM. If ever you plan on taking a trip to the Arctic, think of Pelly Bay. We have many things we would like to show you. You could go kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping or hiking. You will love the beautiful scenery and the warm people of Pelly Bay.**
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Photo taken in Kugaaruk, NU X0B, Canada
Hamlet of Kugaaruk
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