COPPERMINE RIVER 2018
In the summer of 2018, two youths from Kugluktuk joined a canoe trip on the Coppermine River organized by the Canadian Canoe Foundation. For Thomas Kaohina and Bert Elatiak, from Kugluktuk, this was a trip through the land of their ancestors; the Coppermine spills into the Arctic Ocean beside their home community of Kugluktuk. The trip was led by professional guide and outdoor educator Colin Bunge, formerly an Outward Bound instructor, who ensured that the two youths not only experienced their land in a new way, but they also acquired a new skill set in the process. The Ayalik Fund plans to launch more canoe trips in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Foundation in the future.