This is my first trip to Nunavut and the view is breathtaking.
There is a lot of life and activity but there’s also a sense that the people here are living the frontier life in a modern world. With 8000 people, Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut sits as the gateway to the Canadian Arctic.
Toronto was still sitting at 20 degrees celsuis when I left and here in Iqaluit, it’s a solid zero and will dip below that in the evening. I’m told that everything will slowly freeze over during December—that’s when the snowmobiles come out.
Pastor Manasee of St. Jude’s picked me up at the airport in Iqaluit and we did a quick tour of the town. I’m here to get oriented to our Canadian Arctic. The Canadian Bible Society Scripture Translation team has been working with the Inuit community leaders and translators from the Anglican community to create a quality translation of the Bible in Inuktitut and we are seeing the fruit of the collaborative effort. I’m here to see how we can further support the ministry of Bible engagement in our Canadian Arctic. I’m not unaware of the difficult history between the Inuit and the Canadian government. I’ve had a few comments shared with me already at the local North Mart store—they clearly know I’m not from around here. At the same time, I’m a little surprised at their candidness in sharing so openly with me. When I mentioned that I’ll be preaching at St. Jude’s in the evening service on Sunday, one of the men I was conversing with says that he’ll come, adding that he attends the service at St. Jude’s every now and then. I’m looking forward to seeing him there.
Tomorrow, I’ll make my way to the Visitor’s Centre and the local museum. I’m very interested in getting to know the history of the Inuit people as told from their perspective and by their voices. I know that there is a lot of work to be done—here and around the world—for God’s kingdom. But today, today I’m here. May God give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand and love.
-Rev. Lisa Pak, Regional Director of Ontario and Nunavut for Canadian Bible Society