Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Seal-fie"

Having lived in both Nunavut and Alberta, I'm used to running into stories about celebs spouting off against issues involving seal hunting and the oil sands.  Issues they aren't necessarily that educated about.  I'm not saying that such celebrities are necessarily stupid, but rather ignorant, in the sense that what they espouse is quite often mis-informed.  Which is why when I read about a group of Iqaluit residents starting a seal-fie campaign online, I was keen to show my support.

"Seal-fie" of course, is a play on "selfie" and involves a self-portrait wearing seal products.  This after talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres posted a photo of her at the Oscars with a number of celebs and made a donation in the order of $1.5 million to the Human Society of the United States based on the number of time he selfie was "re-tweeted."

The Inuit seal hunt is something I delved into many times on this blog so I won't re-hash everything here other than to say that I hope DeGeneres (and others of her ilk) are aware of stories like this. Having spent 6 years in Nunavut, I can easily vouch for the difficulty of maintaining a good diet in the face of food insecurity.....and I was single and drawing a government salary as well.



My sealskin kamiks......


Seal skin gloves (one of a few pairs I own, actually)....


Cat seal-fie?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Arctic Bay Promo

While it's been something like a million years since I've posted anything on this blog (having moved to Alberta over 4 years ago now), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share a remarkable video posted by Clare Kines, economic development officer for Arctic Bay.  It was created by InMotion, based out of Ottawa.  Be sure to follow the link here for a taste of Canada that few people get to experience.....a magical place that I called home for 4 years.