Elders gather around a seal carcass that they are cutting and tasting, and smiles appear on their faces as they chat.

That was the scene at the Kenojuak Cultural Centre on Oct. 26 when a get together for elders was held. It was the third such occasion since the cultural facility opened in early September, with each meeting attracting 30 to 40 elders for a few hours, according to cultural centre manager Louisa Parr.

Some happy elders gather around seal meat at the Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in Cape Dorset on Oct. 26. Pictured, clockwise from foreground, Mayoriak Quvianaqtuliaq (in light green), Eliakimi Nungusuituq, Kumarjuk Papigatok, Ulaiggi Killiktee, Novalinga Kingwatsiaq, Neevee Tapaungai, Koperkoaluk Reynolds, Iqadluk Qatsiya, Sana Pudlat, Annie Pootoogook and Kanayuk Bell. Colin Gibson photo

While some may think of the new building as a place where artwork is exhibited, it serves other purposes too. Parr said she’s preparing proposals that would increase elders gatherings to twice per month, including a kamiik-making program for elders and youth.

The community’s senior citizens do appreciate the artwork that adorns the building as well, said Parr.

“They enjoy the exhibitions. The prints on the walls, they’re very soothing and they like to look at (them), but we can do programs as well,” she said.

The Oct. 26 gathering was successful due to help from the recreation department and volunteers Colin Gibson and Cheryl Constantineau, in particular, Parr noted. In addition to the seal, fruit and vegetables and tea and coffee were served.

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