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AROUND NUNAVUT: Man wins all three prizes at seal hunt

Mark Amarualik not only brought back the first seal during a contest in Resolute Bay on New Year’s Day — he brought back the only one.

The Resolute Bay Hunters and Trappers Association puts on a seal hunting contest at the beginning of every year. Uluriak Amarualik, who works with the HTA, says this year’s was popular, even though Mark was the only one to bring back the bounty.

“There were at least three or four groups [competing] and apparently there was still a lot of fresh ice and a lot of polar bears,” she said.

The HTA had been planning to give out a first prize of $500 to the first person back with a seal, a second prize of $400 for the smallest seal and third prize of $200 for the biggest. Mark’s lone seal won all the prizes.

- Tim Edwards


Science in the air in Taloyoak


Taloyoak students of all ages will soon become experts in areas of science that fascinate them.

Netsilik School principal Marty Leach says the school is planning its science fair, scheduled for March 15.

Students who win the school’s contest won’t have to travel far to compete against their peers from around the Kitikmeot. Netsilik School will be hosting the regionals, as well, from April 12 to 14.

- Tim Edwards


Kamik-making workshop in Kugluktuk


Those who participated in last fall’s moose-hide tanning workshop are invited to take part in a kamik-making workshop at the end of the month.

The course will cover making flower kamiks or sealskin kamiks, and will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the prenatal building. Participants should bring their own scissors and thimble, and the materials will be supplied by the Hamlet of Kugluktuk.

- Tim Edwards


Getting ready to frolic


Anyone who wants to help put on this year’s Nattiq Frolics will have their chance to be part of the discussion next week.

A preliminary meeting for the event is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Ulu Building. The meeting won’t go too far into the details of this year’s event, according to the Hamlet of Kugluktuk’s recreation department, but significant and complicated events will be discussed so people can get to work on them early.

- Tim Edwards