Letter from the President - Jordie Allen-Newman

"After 24 years of continuous and active kayak guiding and instructing and having benefited so greatly from the SKGABC both personally and professionally, it is an honor to give back to the guiding community in my new role."

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Kajait and Ice: It Happened

Kajait and Ice: It Happened Noah Nochasak    Introduction Kajait (kayaks, ha-yait) use around spring and winter ice was normal for Inuit in northern Labrador, though that concept likely appears foreign and unfounded today to many. I will use many examples to refute this thought, at the risk of repetition. While ice and freezing temperatures bring dangers that restrict the use of Kajait, they remain valuable tools for accessing animals and hunting throughout the year. Though hunting with Kajait greatly increased productivity, which is why it was worth doing, intense survival stories present a memorable perspective. A great deal of information exists on the subject of Kajak (kayak, ha-yak) use in winter and spring, yet, only small a small part is used here. Today Labrador Inuit themselves rarely get to create the narrative around the Labrador Kajak. Without an Inuit voice much detail is lost.

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Spotlight on Guides: Amy Benskin, Level Three Guide and Guide Trainer

"Everyone, including myself, was glad to have waited til the storm had passed. I discuss that story with my students, reiterating that ... employers should always support your judgement to say no, despite outcomes or expectations."  Learn more from the woman whose favourite camp meal to make is coffee!

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Spotlight on Guides - Arvid Hasse, L1

"When I retired five years ago, I was looking for something to occupy my time. Kayak guiding has been the perfect transition. I just turned 71 and am going into my sixth season of guiding."

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