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A bit of summer finally arrives in Cambridge Bay, bicycles too


Welcome to finally a wee bit of summer on Victoria Island after having lots of rain and winds. Weather changing makes it difficult for flowers to grow, and also those who went to mainland to camp and hunt did not see much berries this year. The ice has finally melted, making way for boaters and campers to travel to mainland. Everyone was so excited when the ice cleared the way to mainland. Once on mainland, Inuit are able to go hunting for caribou, some have seen other wildlife also. A few fish this summer also. Hopefully campers can have a bit more time to harvest country food for families and their community.

Here are founders of the Polar Bike Project, Tim and Ali Harper, all set to give away 125 bicycles to children in Cambridge Bay on August 18. A bike rodeo was a nice way to spend an afternoon with the kids of Cambridge Bay. The bikes were delivered courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard and Buffalo Airways. From the bottom of our hearts we say a very big Quana for the donations of the gifts to the children of Cambridge Bay. Navalik Tologanak/NNSL photo

School started on Friday, Aug. 23, in Cambridge Bay for both Kullik Ilihakvik and Kiilinik High. Also we will see many adult students arriving for Nunavut Arctic College. We welcome all our new students and teachers and staff to our wonderful and busy community of Cambridge Bay.

On Friday, August 16, 2019 the first cruise ship arrived, the MS Bremen, and approximately 125 passengers came ashore to tour our wonderful community. The hamlet arranged for tour guides and youth tour guides to show the tourists some historical and interesting places around Cambridge Bay. There was a craft fair set up at the community hall along with delicacies of northern cuisine made by Chef Andy and his staff of Qillaq Lodge. We hope they all enjoyed their stay onshore. There will be more cruise ships scheduled to stop in Cambridge Bay.

Along with cruise ships, we will be expecting the much anticipated barges that were not able to sail to Cambridge Bay due to ice conditions. Many local businesses and residents who were expecting goods will be very, very happy to get their shipments finally! It will be just like Christmas for the residents of Cambridge Bay as they unload what they been expecting for two years now. So happy for our community.

The grand opening of the CHARS campus finally happened and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held with special guests attending, along with the Polar Knowledge Canada board of directors and CEO/President David Scott. With CHARS we have had many scientists visiting our community to do research work, explain to the residents of the kinds of work CHARS does on the nuna. We get scientists from around the world studying the land, wildlife, nuna, ice, snow, waters, and much more. There is so much going on and our youth in Cambridge Bay get to learn lots about science.

We hope you all are having a great summer as we got our summer late and finally getting some sunshine in Cambridge Bay. Be safe and enjoy what is left of our summer.

God Be With You Son.

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