“The iceberg needs to be broken. Even if it’s big, it will break. The only way it can get fixed is if you talk. We have to break the iceberg into pieces. Then things will come out. After the iceberg has crumbled, there’s a cleansing of the body. Everything will come out in anger and rage.” — Meeka Arnakaq of Pangnirtung, 1995
An iceberg melts in August off the shore of Baffin Island. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Jane George starts her blog by saying "...Join me as I remember my travels in the Canadian Arctic during the 1990s, a period when few journalists travelled as widely in the region.
I started working on this tale back in 1996, thanks to a Canada Council Literary Development grant, and then put everything aside for more than 15 years as I worked for the Nunatsiaq News. On medical leave from the newspaper since October 2013, I’ve had the time to go through what I wrote and add more detail, drawing from work I did for the Nunatsiaq News, other newspapers across Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. I will share what I have written so far in “A date with Siku girl,” starting from today until I run out of text to post.
I am taking the liberty of changing some names and details to protect the many people who spoke to me freely and to safeguard myself against any possible defamation lawsuits.
Comments are welcome!..."
It is very rare that we get this kind of back story on life in the Arctic... so I hope that you will follow her musings with as much interest as I have...
Jane's blog is here http://jgeorgeblog.com/
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