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General News · 3rd October 2009
scott mercs
The Inuit call this place Ulukhaktok, and Canadians named it Holman. Edmonton is 1200 miles directly south, and Musk-ox and Cariboo seem to keep the 500 villagers happy and well-fed throughout the year.

NWT cariboo herbs have experienced drastic declines in just two years, and people up here don't seem to have an explanation.

Everyone in the village has a place to live, and like every arctic village, most of the houses are owned by a local housing co-op.

In our Canadian villages on the West Coast, we measure material wealth in Canadian and US dollars. Up here, material wealth seems to be correlated to a person's ability to feed their families with animals.

Hearts are the same in both communities, lots of laughter, sorrow and boredom, but underneath it all, an incredible reservoir of love, dignity and hope.
Awesome, thoughtful words!
Comment by Josee on 4th October 2009
Thank-You Scott for the little peak at life elsewhere! Always so magical to read about, feel the vibe out there, just even for a split second!