Iqaluit waterway cleanup planned for Friday

Volunteers to meet at 9 a.m. on Aug. 7

This Friday’s cleanup will cover most waterways in and around Iqaluit, including the beach from the Coast Guard station to the graveyard; Geraldine Creek from the hospital to Frobisher Bay; Carny Creek from the bottom of the Upper Base Road to the Co-op Gas Bar; and nearby lakes. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The City of Iqaluit and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association are hosting a waterway cleanup this Friday, Aug. 7.

The cleanup will focus on several waterways around the city: the beach front, from the Coast Guard station to the graveyard; Geraldine Creek, from the hospital to Frobisher Bay; Carny Creek, from the bottom of the Upper Base road to the Co-op gas bar; and nearby lakes.

Those interested can either meet behind the elders qammaq, building #226, or at city hall, building #901, at 9 a.m.

Once there, volunteers will check in, co-ordinate cleanup locations and pick up gloves and supplies.

The day will wrap up at 4 p.m.

While there won’t be a barbecue this year, there will be a raffle.

Tickets will be available between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the morning supply pickup.

If you have any questions about this, you can contact the City of Iqaluit at 979-5607 or by email and QIA at 975-8413 or by email for more information.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by AnonymousNortherner on

    Iqaluit is unfortunately one of the filthiest cities I have ever seen let alone lived in. It’s truly a horrific shame. I’ve cleaned up five bags of trash on one road alone only to walk by three days later and see it littered with garbage again…

  2. Posted by The Old Trapper on

    Did you ever wonder why this is the case?
    I’m of the belief that it’s a learned cultural behaviour passed down from generation to generation, and Inuit are not unique.
    A semi nomadic culture is going to discard what it doesn’t need, and most people don’t go out of their way to do so, especially if what they discard has always been readily biodegradable.
    The Thames used to be once huge sewer, and many ancient civilizations that we know of were actually buried under successive generations’ garbage.
    What is different is that western science has introduced garbage that doesn’t biodegrade. We need to go back to minimal packaging and mandatory biodegradable packaging.

    • Posted by Forever Amazed on

      AGree with you re: biodegradable packaging, however, would like to go on step further – everything should be recyclable regardless of the cost. At some point, we will no longer have mineral deposits to mine only garbage sites.

  3. Posted by Sad state on

    I spent time in iqaluit and as just an average person, I was so disappointed in another Canadian town who throws their garbage on our land. 30% is from housing construction. The rest from the residents, please iqaluit teachers… please teach ur students young. Teach them not to litter. I will not ask the parents, because most of them are the litterers. Where I live, the parents are so bad at littering and they r teaching their kids to do the same. Shame on u all how litter and not pick up,after ur selves. I’m sick of groups saying we look after our land!

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