A weekend or even just a day in the bush can recharge your batteries. Mary V. Georgekish looks forward to weekends at the family camp:
Curtis Shanush is a high school student who wants to acquire more knowledge of the land. He goes out often by boat or by snow machine and says that :
On the land I feel free and I feel more relaxed. I feel like I’m stepping out of a lot noise.
My uncle Leonard taught me the land, showed me rivers, the lakes where the fish are, where it’s safe to go, where to hunt. Maybe I can teach younger people about it one day.
Kimberly Matches, is a young mother who often goes hunting with her brother – on the land or out on the Bay. She tells us about it in this recording:
Danny Tomatuk, an executive at Tawich Development in Wemindji, goes out whenever he can. He says:
Sometimes I just go up the access road to hunt for ptarmigan. It takes about 3 hours to get to my family’s hunting area by road so I can’t go there so often. When I do go, it’s to relax and feel connected with the land. It gives me a sense of purpose.