A group of Rankin Inlet Elders got to enjoy a day of fishing and traditional lunch on the land earlier this month. The May 12 excursion was part of the hamlet’s monthly events for Elders, which are organized by the community wellness department.

Elders were driven by bus up the mine road toward Meliadine Lake for the day. They were then met at Mile 24 by members of Rankin Inlet’s search and rescue team, who delivered them to their final destination by qamutik.

Each Elder had the chance to fish at holes that were pre-drilled for them by search and rescue volunteers.

Unfortunately, the outing was cut short due to bad weather.

“It was a good day out but got a bit windy,” said Christina Best, community wellness co-ordinator.

The event was made possible thanks to donations by Agnico Eagle, Northern Store, CO-OP, Eskimo Point Lumber Supply and Kivalliq Arctic Foods.

The community wellness department is expected to run another Elders gathering next month. Those interested in participating should contact Best through the hamlet.

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