It’s been almost three weeks since Jason Fiddler arrived in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The first thing he texted me was “It’s beautiful here, bright blue skies and so sunny! You have to wear sunglasses all the time!” (His glass is always half full, I’ll give him that. )
Beautiful sunset the first night he arrived.
He arrived late in the afternoon that first day, and the guys already had him playing hockey that evening! He then played all weekend in the 2014 Northern Hockey Challenge. The CBC news link only reported on the young teams, and Jay of course was on the Old Timer’s team which got no press whatsoever! His team however, managed to place second in their grey hair/no hair division!
Jason said he’s very surprised at what a bustling city Iqaluit is. (Pop is around 8000+) When you look at photos, it doesn’t look like much, but buildings are made to be functional, and don’t have fancy exteriors or grounds. Once you step inside the buildings, they are amazing, Jason said. Especially buildings like the Legislature (Iqaluit is the Capital City of Nunavut), and other Government/Territorial buildings. Gorgeous Inuit carvings and cultural artifact are everywhere.
And you will also see historical buildings such as this:
HBC trading post
If you click on the photo to enlarge, you will see the date – 1670!
His belongings and truck have not arrived yet – they said it could take anywhere from two weeks to two months! (Items go by train to the East, then by barge or plane to Iqaluit.) So for now, he is driving this bad boy:
It’s legal to drive these on the roads, as well as ATV’s, Ski-Doos, dog sleds, etc. It’s black, and convertible – just like the vehicle he left sitting in my driveway!
Speaking of dog sleds, yes, they are everywhere. The dogs here are very, very important to their owners and are well taken care of. In the Winter months, the dog teams are housed on the frozen bay. That way the ‘mess’ and any remaining dog food melts into the bay in the Spring and is gone.
Jason’s responsibilities have increased 100 fold from Nootka Sound. He is still waiting for Parliament to officially sign off on his commission to Inspector, so until that happens, he has to wear a suit and tie to work – can’t wear his new duds until the Privy Council does it’s thing. His official title in the interim is A/OIC Qikiqtani District (Acting Officer in Charge of Qikiqtani District (Kick-a-tan-ee). Qikiqtani District is in red below. The pink is the rest of the Territory of Nunavut.
Territory of Nunavut
He oversees 13 Detachments within his District on Baffin and Ellesmere Islands.
Click this photo to enlarge.
So far, he has flown and visited two of the Detachments he oversees: Pangnirtung (Pop around 1400) and Qikiqtarjuaq. (Pop around 520) Any guess how to pronounce those? Pang-nir-tung, which is pretty strait forward (Pang for short), and Kick-a-tar-ju-wack. (Those are my bust guesses based on how I’ve heard them.)
Landing in Qikiqtarguaq
St. Michael and all Angels Church in Qikiqtarjuaq
Frozen bay at Pangnirtung
Pangnirtung blubber company
This past week he has been the on-call Officer for the entire Territory of Nunavut. If any of the Detachment Commanders anywhere in Nunavut need assistance with a major file, they notify Jason immediately. This has kept him very busy overseeing major files, and making the decision to fly Special Teams to these areas or not. So far he has dealt with a murder, suicides and a man wandering town with a shotgun threatening to shoot everyone. This is not all in the city of Iqaluit remember, this is throughout the entire Territory.
That kept him pretty busy this past week, and definitely left him lacking serious sleep! He wanted a new challenge, and I think he’s got it!
He has mentioned that he’s got the homesick feelings a couple of times. He misses the Detachment here in Gold River, and of course misses all his friends and his hockey buddies! (Awwww)
More updates to come as I get them – once his computer arrives, I expect many more photos!
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