Watchers of the North News

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Watchers of the North is an upcoming six-part APTN miniseries chronicling the daily lives of the Canadian Rangers, one of the most intriguing military regiments in the Canadian Forces.

Formed in the closing stages of WWII and expanding during the Cold War, the Canadian Rangers are made up of local Aboriginal and Inuit men and women who patrol Canada’s far north, watching for suspicious activity and reinforcing Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.

Part 2:
Reaping the Rewards

The Muktuk from a 32.5 foot long bowhead is being enjoyed by residents in Taloyoak and its surrounding communities. A couple weeks ago we posted about the preparation for the hunt. Now the Muktuk is all distributed. It will be the first time many Taloyoak residents will try this traditional food of their ancestors.

Muktuk is eaten raw–the fatty flesh dissolved in the mouth and the chewy skin gnawed at until the flavour is gone. The best part for many Inuit, is the chewy flesh.

Part 1: Preparing for Departure

The Taloyoak team is gearing up to head to The Gulf of Boothia for a bowhead whale hunt. This is the first time that Taloyoak will participate in a bowhead hunt since the government legalized it in 1996.

On Saturday they expect to begin the 35-kilometre trek over the Boothia Peninsula. They aim to arrive at the Gulf on Monday.

A not-so-beautiful photo essay

We spent the weekend at the Rev13Films studio translating and transcribing the Inuktitut interviews. Our team consisted of Kevin Kablutsiak: translator, Tyson Hodgson & Jesse Bochner: editors and Jessie Mathieson: transcriber.

This is what our weekend looked like:

Who do you call when 25% of the footage for your TV series is filmed in Inuktitut? Picture This contacted Kevin Kablutsiak.

Kablutsiak, a former CBC North reporter, comes from the Northern community of Arviat, Nunavut. Kablutsiak’s first language is Inuktitut, but he also learned English at a very young age. In his hometown children are taught English in school, but, according to Kablutsiak, he begin learning even earlier through the media and church.

You might not immediately think “Search and Rescue” when you hear about the Canadian Rangers, but this unique sector of the Canadian Forces Reserve is more than just a defending force. Since most Canadian Ranger patrols are located in sparsely-settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada, the Rangers are often the first response team when a person or group goes missing.


The quick guide to Canadian Rangers Patrol Group 1.
Infographic by Clothilde Goujard

Happy Nunavut Day! The colors of the flag represent the riches of the land, sea and sky. The two halves are separated by the traditional Inukshuk, which were used as guides and markings of sacred places. The blue star represents the North Star, which many used as a navigational guide.

The Junior Canadian Rangers’ eighth annual Enhanced Training Sessions are underway. This year the program is located in Whitehorse. It runs until July 1st, when the Junior Canadian Rangers march in the Whitehorse Canada Day Parade.

Types of Sounds

The sounds created in throat singing fall into two binaries: voiced / unvoiced, and inhalation / exhalation.