On a sandy lot surrounded by partially snow-covered hills, a cabin is built with recycled materials. The sky is overcast, but a few glimpses of blue sky can be seen through the clouds. An off-road vehicle is parked by the cabin, where materials and a rusty metal barrel can also be found. A frozen river runs right beside and flows into the bay. From the cabin, a young man is approaching the camera.
So here it’s Akulivik. One of the reasons why it's called Akulivik is because the bay and the river... It's mostly the bay that reaches up to here, that we can see there... All this is the river that passes through here, and Akulivik, it means, uh..... It's a tool we use to, uh, to catch fish, and, uh, Akulivik, it means..... it's the place where the fish meet.
So, that’s one of the reasons why. Because the bay, it looks very much like that [a harpoon]. So, they gave it a name like Akulivik.
He points the bay in front of him.
Here, we can see that there are cottages around... around the bay. There are about ten of them there, and on the other side too; a good... six or seven. And on the other side [Inuktitut word], it's mostly, uh, to catch, uh, belugas.
So, uh, there are a about ten cottages on the other side of the mountain, where we see the inukshuk over there.
And, uh, in the spring, snowmobiles come here to, uh, to go to... the camp and hunt. It's about two hours from here. So, during the spring, if there's not enough snow, they bring the snowmobiles in sleds and, uh, they leave from here in snowmobile.
So, it’s here, during the fall, that many Inuit women come, uh, to pick blueberries and, uh... blueberries and blackberries.
So, this is still a place that can be reached by car, or even by four-wheeler, that's certain... And it’s one of the trails, where people often go to, uh, enjoy nature.
So that's why there are about twenty... maybe, about twenty cottages here... And, uh, they leave the village just to get some fresh air. And there are a lot of women, as I just mentioned, who will pick blueberries or other things when it gets too cold, I don’t know what. And, uh, they're in the cottages and they chat amongst themselves. They sometimes play games or sew. They make clothes and whatnot.
And one of the reasons why there are a lot of cottages here on the other side is, uh....Because there are whales that come on the bay. Therefore, a little further on, there are cottages that are there mainly for whaling belugas, let’s say.
Adamie moves, passes near the camera and stops near a wooden structure placed near the river.
And, uh, here, ... we can see, uh....There's a little table over here... This table is for drying meat, meat like beluga whale and caribou. That's where we dry the meat and it looks so much like beef jerky, and it's handmade.
And, uh, that's a nice place. And, uh, as I was saying earlier, it's easy to... It's accessible... Getting here is very easy because of the trail.
Adamie comes back to the cabin.
Also, this house, that we see right here, well it’s...All these...these materials are recycled...not recycled, but were collected from the dump in Wakeham, in Kangiqsujuaq. You can... You can see, here, there are parts which are collected material... And we can use them to build, to make a house... So, all the things we collect from Canadian Tire, where the dump is, we can... we can make cottages... So, there’s even some wood that’s still really useful.
And, uh, here, there are geese too. So, there are people who don’t go far from their cottage, not far from here. And, uh, they can go hunting.
He turns to face the bay.
And there’s also caribou. There are caribou. There are geese. There are seals, too, who come on the bay. And, uh, in the summer, my mother often goes net fishing, right nearby, the camp not far away. And uh, we'll see my mother later, uh, she’ll pass by here.
So, there's another activity that takes place, but this, this location here it’s, uh... it's specifically Akulivik... There are all kinds of activities. There’s the belugas, the caribou and the gathering of blueberries.
So, that’s pretty much it.
An off-road vehicle is coming from the bay. Adamie waves and heads towards the vehicle.