Posted on June 5, 2017
NURRAIT | JEUNES KARIBUS would like to thank all of its partners for their support to its 2016-2017 project. All of your generous contribution in-cash or in-kind allows NURRAIT | JEUNES KARIBUS to offer an annual educational program through the outdoors for all the northern villages of Nunavik that participate to our projects.
This year, seven (7) northern villages participated to the 2016-2017 project of NURRAIT | JEUNES KARIBUS including Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Aupaluk, Kangirsuk, Salluit, Kuujjuaraapik et Umiujaq. Overall, seventy (70 youth aged between 12 and 17 years old participated to the 2016-2017 project of NURRAIT | JEUNES KARIBUS. All throughout the yearly program, the participants had the chance to participate in extra-curricular activities such as physical activity, healthy living and nutrition activities, traditional and cultural activities and prevention and sensitization activities.
Thanks to our partners, the majority of these youth also had the chance to visit one of the three Nunavik parks and to participate in an annual expedition of cross-country skiing of about a week along the coast of the Hudson Bay or along the coast of the Ungava Bay. NURRAIT | JEUNES KARIBUS considers itself truly privileged to be supported by all of its partners since the start of its program. Without all of its partners, the annual projects of NURRAIT | JEUNES KARIBUS would not be possible.
Thanks to all of our partners! Each one of you make a tremendous difference!
Updated on May 28, 2017
On Thursday, 23 February, NURRAIT’s Aupaluk and Tasiujaq teams boarded a flight to Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) for an expedition into Kuururjuaq Provincial Park. Despite some delays, the teams arrived safe and sound in Kangiqsualujjuaq in the early evening, only a bit later than expected. They spent the night in Ulluriaq School, on a classroom floor. So a big thanks to Ulluriaq School for the hospitality!
Bright and early next morning, the teams met with their Provincial Park guides to be briefed before heading 5 hours and nearly 100km into the park’s interior to a camp where they’d spend the night. Everybody was pretty impressed by the park’s stunning landscapes! Shortly after their late afternoon arrival at camp in the park’s Qurlutuarjuq sector, everyone got to work preparing dinner. The day ended with local guides Jiri and Darryl telling ghost stories, and then it was off to bed.
On Saturday morning, the NURRAIT teams left camp to ski 9km to the base of Mount « Butt Crack » with their guide Olivier Paradis. From there, the Tasiujaq team hitched a snowmobile ride halfway up the mountain where they set out on snowshoes for the summit. The whole group got lost, but were quickly found by the snowmobile guides! They ate lunch at the summit by a fire, while down at the base of the mountain, the Aupaluk team was doing the same. That afternoon the Aupaluk team also made the summit of « Butt Crack » mountain on snowshoes, where the views are truly incredible! Back at camp, the evening came to a close with s’mores around the fire!
By Sunday morning, it was already time to make the 100km trip back to Kangiqsualujjuaq by snowmobile, but a raging blizzard delayed the departure. With the weather finally clearing a bit, the teams took the opportunity to start heading back. Everyone had a great time stopping periodically to hunt fox and ptarmigan on the way. Nearing Kangiqsualujjuaq though, they were caught by the blizzard again, but, while it certainly wasn’t much fun, everyone made it through in one piece! Back in town, teams spent the night in the school again, and some got to participate in activities put on by the Cirqniq circus school.
Teams were supposed to fly back to their respective communities on Monday morning, but were storm stayed in Kuujjuaq by yet another blizzard. Luckily, Kuujjuaq team leaders were both welcoming and highly efficient in organizing the teams’ stay in Jaanimarik school that night. Team leaders Valerie and Pierre-Luc sure know how to receive guests – they made everyone feel right at home. Thanks so much to you both Valerie and Pierre-Luc!
Thanks to further flight delays, the NURRAIT team got to participate in the Arctic Games put on by the Jaanimarik School on Tuesday morning. Finally, everybody hopped on an afternoon flight back to their communities!
Updated on March 16, 2017
This year, each one of our seven teams will have the chance to visit one of the three Nunavik national parks which are Parc national des Pingualuit, Parc national Kuururjuaq and Parc national Tursujuq. These expeditions will last a weekend each and will happen in February, March and April 2017. Our first team to visit Parc national Kuurujuaq was Kuujjuaq Team from February 17th to 20th.
Posted on March 7, 2017
Kuujjuaraapik Team Leaders and Umiujaq Team Leaders met for a preparation weekend from February 17th to February 19th to prepare the first annual expedition of NURRAIT on the coast of the Hudson Bay. Kuujjuaraapik Team will join Umiujaq Team from April 1st to April 7th for their annual expedition in Parc national Tursujuq which is “located near the shores of the Hudson Bay, near the Inuit community of Umiujaq”1.
Updated on April 14, 2016
Today’s the big day! At 9 o’clock this morning, the first group left from Kangirsuk. The group in Tasiujaq has unfortunately postponed his departure to tomorrow due to high winds. They will all reach Aupaluk on Monday, a distance of about 90 km. GO JK GO!
Being out on the land for multiple days with a group of hard working teenagers means bringing quite a bit of food, and preparing healthy meals is another opportunity for the group to learn and work as a team.
The JEUNES KARIBUS of Kuujjuaq had the opportunity to travel to Kangiqsuluajuaq and Kuururjuaq National Park from February 19th to 22nd. Nunavik Parks is a great partner organization, giving us the opportunity to discover the uniqueness of the Nunavik territory.