This is Kimmirut along with the photos to follow. I packed up my personal gear and 400 lbs of lab and clinical supplies and flew to Iqaluit for and over night transfer to Kimmirut. My flight the next morning is on a twin otter which is the largest plane they can handle on the runway in Kimmirut. I will continue the story on the next photo:
The plane was passanger full, with cargo of supplies for Kimmirut. Food supplies are a president of course and therefore my lab cargo stayed behind. Flights to Kimmirut only arrive 3 times weekly and some of those days they have a couple of return flights.
For two and a half days we wait for the supplies to arrive. During this time Soullo, my interpreter calls and lines up patients to be seen each half hour for exams and consultations, but I can’t start any work due to the lack of supplies.
Wednesday afternoon the cargo arrives and the guys from the airport graciously hussle the cargo down to the Medical Centre .
Now the work begins! Patients each half hour with impressions bite and choose teeth. It’s a hustle and feels good. Most patients are partially edentulous, very few with no teeth.
Even though I lost a couple of days of productivity all worked out. A lot of the community at this time of year are busy hunting out at the flow-edge,( where the ice meets the open water) The seals are a very important part of the communities livelihood and food supply.
My time to photograph the area was limited to early morning and evening. A lot of these shots are from 6:30 to 8:00 am. The sun crests the mountain at 7;oo but is light enough to shoot comfortably at 6:00am. Now at the end of April the sun is rising close to the 4:00 am and is coming up fast to the midnight sun.
The northern communities were settled by white man. These communities were part of Canada’s endeavour to establish our place, our stake in northern Canada. These communities were established as RCMP locations. The Eskimos as they were formerly referred to as were relatively nomadic and lived in camps and followed the food, as I understand it.
As supply ships arrived with supplies and trade goods, our northern neighbours would come in from the camps to trade and to unload the ships. Hudson Bay Co. was the main stay of retail and trade at the time.
In the late 50″s The government was providing housing and promoting community living for the natives, and the residential school system.
The names of these communities have now been reverted back from the English names to the Inuit names. Kimmirut was formerly known as Lake Harbour. Kimmirut translated is “The Heal” as the large rock in the previous photo looks like the back end of a heal from certain angles.