Welcome to …in the Arctic. I am a Nova Scotian living in the Canadian Arctic. I moved to Iqaluit in 2016 with two tweens and our dog in tow. Our intention was to have a 10 month adventure and then to return to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island where we had been living for 13 years. But, we are still in Iqaluit, almost 4 years later. Those tweens are now teens and we have added a cat to the family!
Why Iqaluit? Why the Canadian Arctic? Well, I have a history here. Not, Iqaluit, but to other communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Actually, when I first moved to the Canadian Arctic, Nunavut didn’t exist, it was all called the Northwest Territories.
In 1997, upon graduation from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, I was hired to teach the Jewellery and Metalwork Program for the Arctic College, in Repulse Bay, Northwest Territories. Today, it’s called Nunavut Arctic College, the town is called Naujaat (since 2015) and the eastern and central arctic are now called the Nunavut Territory. I was living and teaching in Rankin Inlet in 1999 when Nunavut was officially formed! We celebrated the changes as our country’s history was made. “The creation of Nunavut is testament to the strength of Inuit political leaders and to the flexibility of Canadian political institutions” !!!!! 🎉🎉🎉
2 years later, I was living in Inuvik, NWT! In 2003, I had my first child and when they were 8 months old, we moved back to the east coast of Canada to be closer to family.
I knew the Arctic would call me back someday. Here we are, 17 years later living in the capital of Nunavut! Life, truly is, an adventure. Follow along, and let me show you some of my life …in the Arctic.