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Laimikie Palluq and Calgary student Ryan Enns take the Igliniit system for a test spin on Palluq’s dog team in January 2009. Note the weather station mounted on an old hockey stick at the back of the sled.

From Calgary to Clyde River

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Inuit Sidebar Inset.jpgInuit elder and hunter Jacopie Panipak gets to know the Igliniit system in 2008. Mounting hardware is in the foreground.

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Quite apart from the technical aspects discussed in this article, the Igliniit project has provided a rare opportunity for undergraduate students from Calgary to explore and learn about a very distinct region of their own country.

The communities of Clyde River, Nunavut and Calgary, Alberta could not be more different. Calgary is a typical North American city and Canada’s fifth largest metropolitan area with a population of more than one million. It is a booming commercial center where a number of technology, oil and gas, manufacturing, banking and insurance companies are headquartered.

Many thousands of miles away, Clyde River is a small arctic hamlet situated across Baffin Bay from Greenland (which has a higher population density than the 10-year old Canadian territory of Nunavut.) Nearly all of Clyde River’s 820 citizens are Inuit, and subsistence hunting is a major part of their livelihood.

The community has only a handful of cars and both visiting student teams have been fascinated by the use of dogsleds and the dogs’ diet of seal meat. The human residents depend on the land and sea as well.

Clyde River is supplied only by air and an annual sea lift, and meat from seals, caribou, polar bear, and fish provides a major source of healthy food and makes up a significant portion of the local diet.

The University of Calgary undergraduates involved in this project have been intrigued by the differences, but also surprised by the similarities.

For example, Clyde River youth are just as skilled as any kid in Calgary when it comes to Internet, iPods, and video games.  In fact most of the children of the Inuit hunters help their fathers with technical troubleshooting, and were the first to load music into the systems.

The Igliniit system PDAs have been very popular with the hunters, not just for their data collection capabilities but for other features, including games and music. For example, some Inuit hunters helped build their touch-screen skills by playing solitaire on the Igliniit units. 

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