Ivujivik is the northest village of the province Quebec and this is where i choose to settle. It's been now 6 years, permanently, traveled from 2000 to 2006. Before that i used to lived in Montreal for 5 years. What made me decide to settle in such farthest place you might ask? Well, obviously, for love. At first for a guy (lasted 10 years) then i had worked.
The one and only local store, Ivujivik Co-op. Well..the one and only store in town! What can i say about this, well, this is the only store to do grocery and let me tell you, you might never see such expensive food in store than in this one! When i do my grocery, it cost me about 200 to 300$ for let's say 3 or 4 days worth of meals! That's without counting the daily needs such as toilet paper. Even the vegetables doesn't arrive fresh most of the time and that's about the only things that "affordable", maybe next time i should post my next shopping list just to simply show you how expensive it is! I can't even imagine how a family of 3 or 4 kids or more can sustain with such expense after paying the house rent, phone bills, some, internet bills, cable...oh my! i just can't believe how survival can be harsh here! With both parents working and yet, they are barely able to make it and many, teenagers are helping out with all of this while other teenagers would be hanging out with their friends, going out for movies and such at their parents expense...
Luckily, hunting and fishing comes to a great help to families to make ends met when it comes to feeding the family and it is also a common social interaction among the Inuit here. Also, this is a way to get the most fresh meat that you can ever find up north! When hunters get a kill like let's say, a caribou, a beluga, seal, ptarmigans or even fishes, all the games are shared with family in the village, all 80 houses get to have their share, even if it means to have one fish, they are still very thankful of the share they get.
Then, there are the sunsets! Every evening, nature paints a different landscape every day, One as beautiful as the other. You will never see other sunset as those we get here, nor the northern light. The northern has its own beauty and magnificent views to offer every day. With each and every sunset i set, i am thankful to have made my day and hoping i made a difference in someone else life! :)
Stay True and Fabulous!