Nunavut summers are Ace Omilgoetok’s favourite. Everyone is outdoors and enjoying the warm sun, she says. (Photo courtesy of Ace Omilgoetok)

Sunshine melts the ice and warms the heart

‘My Corner of Our Land’ – Nunatsiaq News readers reflect on Nunavut Day

By Ace Omilgoetok
Special to Nunatsiaq News

With Nunavut Day approaching, Nunatsiaq News asked readers to share what makes their corner of the territory special to them.

Ace Omilgoetok lives in Cambridge Bay. (submitted photo)

Nunaga, my home.

Summer rolls in, and each day it’s brighter.

Watching qupanuaks soar through the blue skies, I sit at my anaanatiaq’s cabin drinking Red Rose tea.

As I’m sitting peacefully, my nose is filled with the smell of iqaluk from the sea.

I get a warm feeling in my belly at the thought of eating piffi again after a cold and long winter.

Every day, I see the kids playing outside for hours, getting tanned by the minute.

Every day, you hear hunting, camping, and fishing stories from your uncles, aunties, cousins, and friends as you all feast on bannock, geese soup, piffi, and even swan eggs if you’re lucky.

Nunavut summers are my favourite, everyone is outdoors and enjoying the warm sun. Families gather, animals start new families, and fill our tummies.

When the sun comes out, it melts the ice and snow and fills my heart with warmth.

Ace Omilgoetok lives in Cambridge Bay.

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