EPISODE 6: Fan Boat

November 09, 2017

As kids growing up in the 70’s in North West River, a mineral exploration company had one stationed in the community.  This is the first fan boat in the community in many decades.  We were all excited for this project.  As the spring sun melts the snow and the Bay ice, travel becomes dangerous for all of us who use snowmobiles as transportation.  This time of the year we call it, “Ice and water”.  Not enough ice to get around on snowmobile and not enough water to get around in boat.  Depending on the length the previous and past winter, there’s usually a 3 to 5 week delay in the spring when we are all land bound.

The community freezers mentioned in the show are something our Inuit government came up with 10 years ago.  It came as a effort to help out disadvantaged and elderly community members who can’t get out to hunt and gather.  It is such a simple thing but it makes the greatest impact.  Anyone over 50 years of age can go to the local freezer once a month and request free county food such as meat, fish, vegetables and berries.  Does 50 make you feel old?


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