” I have always been deeply interested in discovering care in different cultures. I participated in a few international projects in Nicaragua, Mali and Senegal. During my bachelor’s, I did a project in a northern village called Quaqtaq. While doing my master’s, I had to do one session of writing and I arranged to do it remotely. I applied to the Inuulitsivik Health Centre. The first time I went up North, I stayed for four months and then I went back to finish my master’s. Later, I returned up North again, and now have been here for seven years.
Everyone who comes up North is just passing through to different degrees. I haven’t worked in southern Quebec (referred to as ‘the south’ up North) since June 2013 and I wonder, if I went back, what I would do for work. Would I like it as much? I really don’t know. I love the freedom here, I like being able to do a lot with very little. I only go back south to spend time with loved ones, for the time being.
The Maison de la famille is a community organization for the Inuit, run by the Inuit, which I kind of instigated. We help out with food, offer parental courses and hold art and cooking workshops for youth. I meet with city hall and the city council and… they listen to me! Through my role, I have been able to develop ties with the community where everyone knows and appreciates me. It’s very dear to me. “