The Elder -Youth Camp

Community members from Iqaluktuuttiaq, Umingmaktuuq, Qingauk and Qurluqtuq decided to hold an elder-youth camp in order to collect information on caribou and, at the same time, create an ideal environment for elders to teach youth about traditional ways. Beechey Lake (Hanninguyuq) was the first choice for the camp location, but elders in Umingmaktuuq later realized that it would be difficult for some people to travel here during the spring time. It was decided that the Hiuqqittaaq River, which is closer to Umingmaktuuq, was a better site because people could come by boat. The camp ran for a week during the second week of August 1998.

The Hiuqqittaaq River empties into the east side of Bathurst Inlet, south of Umingmaktuuq. The Hiuqqittaaq River has always been a popular camping site because there are usually lots of caribou nearby. In addition, sandy beaches and gentle currents make it a wonderful place to go swimming. The river is abundant with fish and weirs that were built many generations ago. When the char run in the spring and summer, people set their nets and in just a few short hours they quickly fill with fat, tasty fish.

The elders who attended the camp were nominated by other elders in their community. As for the youth,the advisory board decided to hold a contest in order to select who would participate in the camp. Interested youth were required to draw a picture or write a short story about why they thought it was important to spend time on the land with their elders and learn about traditional living and local wildlife, particularly caribou. Youth from Iqaluktuuttiaq, Umingmaktuuq, Qingauk, and Qurluqtuq submitted entries and the Tuktu and Nogak Boa rd chose two youths (one male, one female) from each community.


We are grateful to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and the West Kitikmeot Slave Study for their generous support. The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian North, First Air and the Iqaluktuuttiaq Northern and Co-op also made kind contributions. We thank additional sponsors that are acknowledged in the Elder-Youth Camp Report.

Click here to view the Elder -Youth Camp Report.