Healing, skills program gets rave reviews
The 10-day camp was held on Siksilik Island, about 15 miles across the bay from Rankin.
The annual program, which promotes culture, traditional skills and emotional healing, is sponsored by the Kivalliq Inuit Association and has been highly regarded across the region for more than a decade.
The camp is only available to women who went through residential school or were affected by it (intergenerational victims).
The program is funded through the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
The female participants who attended the 2009 camp were Annie Amaujak, Lucy Pingushat, Eva Okatsiaq and Sarah Aulatjut of Arviat, Georgina Ipkarnerk and Sheila Niviatsiak of Chesterfield Inlet, Marie Shimout of Coral Harbour, and Rankin's Nellie Kusugak, Marlene Tulugak, Debra Taipana and Mary Tatty. Somebody's Daughter featured a top-flight group of elder instructors.
In charge of teaching traditional sewing skills were Alexina Nanordluk and Tapisa Siusangnark of Repulse Bay, along with Elizabeth Nibgoarsi and Hattie Alagalak of Arviat.