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This Nunavut hamlet is pulling out all the stops for Christmas this year

This Nunavut hamlet is pulling out all the stops for Christmas this year

For a small neighborhood, it’s bursting with Christmas spirit.

The hamlet of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, is exhibiting the way to do the vacations proper this 12 months, with an entire month of actions designed to get everybody concerned.

“We knew that this might be a very particular 12 months as a result of all people might come again and do what they like to do, and get collectively,” mentioned Nadene McMenemy, head of the neighborhood’s Christmas committee.

“It’s nearly like this 12 months precise Christmas occasions have returned, and all people is simply wanting so ahead to it — and we’re too. So we determined, let’s pull out all of the stops right here.”

Kugluktuk is the westernmost neighborhood in Nunavut, positioned north of the Arctic Circle on the mouth of the Coppermine River. It’s residence to about 1,400 folks, and the winter months may be very chilly and really darkish. The climate forecast is looking for temperatures under –30 C for many of this week. 

Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Winters may be very chilly and really darkish in the neighborhood. (Marc Winkler/CBC)

The native Christmas committee has been elevating cash for months for the entire occasions and actions, in addition to prizes and Christmas hampers. The occasions embody a expertise competitors, a parade, a sq. dance, trivia nights, a film evening (Elf) and a neighborhood feast on Tuesday evening. They’re additionally citing a magician from Edmonton to placed on a present.

“We predict we’ve power-packed the schedule for this 12 months,” McMenemy mentioned. 

After which there are the Christmas video games — a practice in lots of Nunavut communities — to be held over a number of nights, this week and subsequent. That’s when folks collect in the neighborhood corridor for some family-friendly skill-testing occasions, and an opportunity to win some prizes.

The expertise contest has already occurred, with younger folks posting movies to the Christmas committee’s Fb web page. The winner shall be introduced on the neighborhood feast.

“We fundraise all 12 months to have the ability to do these items. And we’re fairly happy with our accomplishments this 12 months,” McMenemy mentioned.

Final week, Santa paid a go to — Kugluktuk’s a comparatively brief journey from the North Pole — for images with native youngsters. McMenemy mentioned a report quantity confirmed up.

“It was unbelievable. It was, I believe, 180 households,” she mentioned.

Despite the fact that it looks like a return to pre-pandemic occasions, McMenemy mentioned they’re nonetheless asking folks to be cautious, and keep residence in the event that they’re feeling sick. A lot of movies shall be posted on-line, she mentioned.

The objective is to verify no one is overlooked. 

“We went with the higher-end prizes, and extra prizes and issues, to reward folks and thank folks, and for folks to only principally take pleasure in Christmas as a result of that’s what it’s all about — household and buddies, you understand?” McMenemy mentioned.

“We’ve bought all of the lights up on the poles, and the massive tree on high of the hamlet, and the Northern [store]’s open ’til 11 — it looks like we’re within the huge metropolis!” McMenemy mentioned.