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Charles' pizza celebration

7.17.08

 

Happy 12th Birthday, Charles! 

 

We really enjoyed the small town of Inuvik today.  With about 3500 residents, this Festival and the 50th Anniversary of the town is exciting. 

 

We’re now card-carrying members of the Inuvik Centennial Library (www.inuvik.net/icl) – for $15 we get temporary membership and Charles was thrilled to find “The Final Warning” by James Patterson in there.  We’d checked at the bookstore, but their focus was “northern” books and literature.

Midnight Sun Recreation Complex
  Also, we checked out some movies and plan to return on Saturday. 

 

Friday is a “civic holiday” because of the Anniversary celebration and there is a parade on Friday with a schedule of activities.  We’re hoping to tour the “only Canadian hospital North of 60”.  We looked at a map yesterday and there are not many locations north of 66.

 

Here are some of the things we did:

Great Northern Arts Festival:  met Gregory (polar bear claw necklace), bought bowl, polar bear, and print that artist signed, t-shirts, hat; workshops going on for (see paper)

RV:  car wash ($1/minute self-spray), gas ($1.70/liter full service), brake check (fine)

Swim at the Community center- met Ruby

Laundry

Groceries:  $10 for box of Rice Crispies, $6.

Sales Display and performance area of Arts Festival
79/kg for bananas, $2 per orange (B.C. man in truck comes every 3 weeks to take fruit to the more northern territories because it is even more expensive there), $3.76 M&M’s, $4.50 per head of small iceberg lettuce, $8 for salad-in-a-bag regular size

Pizza ($30 for large pizza)

 

Few things learned about the area:

Ice road is built when the river starts to freeze. They drill through the top layer of ice until ice so that the water will flood over the top of it and then that water freezes until the layer is 6’ thick.  Then small cars are allowed on it and when safe, eighteen wheelers can use it.  Even the fruit truck man said that he uses the ice road in the winter to haul produce to the outer regions.  Right now, there is no road there.

 

Community clean-up:  Once a year in the spring, everyone in the community participates in cleaning up garbage and tidying up the area.

Notre Dame Our Lady of Victory igloo church
  Groups will take a certain part of town and there will be postings of dates and times.  Tom said that his family keeps the park in front of their house tidy.

 

Ice break up date- guess the date correctly and get $100 from Recreation Dept and name on plaque with plaque to take home

 

Fishing- Alaska taking all the salmon.  There’s an agreement where they are to allow 33,000 to 43,000 salmon through on the run and that didn’t happen last year.  The Yukon didn’t get any of the fish.  The First Nations people could not get their sustenance fish, nor did the sport or recreation fish get , and none of the commercial fisheries were able to open.  This year the Alaskans are more sensitive and are trying to allow more fish upstream.

Inuvik Library
  The fish have gotten smaller over the years as the big fish with good genetics have been killed before they can make it to the cool Yukon waters to spawn.  This year, we’re told that a pitifully low number of 31 salmon is the quota for Alaska fish and the season is now closed. Fishermen in Alaska said in the article that they were afraid that if they missed the run, it would be over before they could begin, that trying to get a numbers count and time the run meant they might miss it altogether.  Yukon fishermen feel like they are making the salmon so the United States can catch them all, mainly by commercial fisheries.  A joint council meets annually (since 2002?) to talk to both Canadian and U.S. Scientists to discuss the current year’s timing and quotas, although some numbers are guaranteed by a joint agreement.

 

Utilities:  Water and sewer lines are run above-ground and housed in corrugated, painted metal boxes behind the houses and buildings so that they won’t freeze.

Inuvik famous symbol -Kids by MacKenzie Hotel
  Power is supplied by a local power plant, although it is rather undependable and may be out “one day a week”.  Our 30 amp power in the campground is probably half that.

 

First Nations (Indian) and Inuvialuit (Eskimo) groups each have settled land right claims with the Canadian government.  There is a large building in town called the Inuvialuit Corporate Headquarters.  The settlement of hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested over the years and people of that group receive 15% of the annual profits in a once a year payment of varying amounts.  The situation is the same for the First Nations people.  Both groups also have the right to free medical care, prescription drugs, and higher education throughout Canada.  It sounds like a situation similar to that of the Cherokee Indians we met last summer.  Given the way these groups were treated, their land taken and ruined, their existence threatened, I think it begins to be fair.

 

Ft. McPherson – first baseball league just started this spring

 

Hunting and camp cabins are a way of life for food rather than for sport.

 

 

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Charles pizza celebration
Charles' pizza celebration
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex
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Notre Dame Our Lady of Victory ig…
Inuvik Library
Inuvik Library
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Inuvik famous symbol -Kids by Mac…
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Dirty RV's from the Dempster!
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Charles' birthday celebration
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Wooden bowl we bought at the Arts…
Wooden bowl we bought at the Arts …
Wooden bowl we bought at the Arts…
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex
Ticket table for Art Festival
Ticket table for Art Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
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Sales Display and performance are…
Heritage group performing
Heritage group performing
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Photo displays by t-shirt sales
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T-shirt sales area
Photo displays by t-shirt sales
Photo displays by t-shirt sales
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Sales Display and performance are…
Sales Display and performance area…
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Soapstone carving blocks in the b…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsid…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsi…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsid…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsi…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsid…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsi…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsid…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsi…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsid…
Back area of Arts Festival (outsi…
Charles admires Gregorys Polar Be…
Charles admires Gregory's Polar B…
Beautiful art at the festival
Beautiful art at the festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
Workshop area of Arts Festival
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Artist of our print pauses for pi…
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Inuvik street scene
Hardware store in Inuvik
Hardware store in Inuvik
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Inuvik street scene
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Inuvik street scene- book store a…
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Inuvik street scene
Fruit truck with groceries inside
Fruit truck with groceries inside
Inuvik
photo by: cvanzoen