Life In The North
There’s different countries: there’s Alaska, there’s Siberia, there’s Greenland, and there’s Canada. So we’re basically, I guess, the same people. I think that there’s a lot of similarities, like in terms of what we eat and the things behind that.
We’re people from the snow and we have no trees, and so the survival skills - they are all the same. But for sure, if you go further into Alaska, there’s not many people who speak Inuktitut anymore. In the western part of the north of Canada, if you speak, there is quite a bit of difference in the language. It’s the same language, but it’s the dialect. So sometimes I have a hard time understanding them. In Greenland it's even more distorted, but it's that same language, but very different dialect and very different pronunciations. So I think that’s the only difference, pretty much. When I meet people from all over the north you know, we bond very easily and we’re from the same, we have the same ancestors.
So I’m a resident of Nunavik, which is not Nunavut because so often there is a people make a mistake. Nunavut is a part of Northwest Territories, which is the new territory called Nunavut.
Where I’m from, it's part of Quebec, which is in the northern Quebec, in the Hudson’s Bay area called Sunluit. So I grew up there and I lived in Montreal since four years, and hopefully I will go back soon because I need to feel the real winter. You know it's kind of missing me, but it's gonna be for a visit and I’ll come back here to Montreal.
The following stories are by Elisapie Isaac.
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