Sacred Places - Episode 1
With the discovery of oil and gas on Inuviauit lands decades ago, the development of these resources is closer to becoming a reality. ICS producers travelled with Gerry Kissoun (NWT's Deputy Commissioner) visiting coastal areas that may be affected by increased traffic and asking residents how they feel about the coming changes that development will bring.
“You get the peace, the peace inside, it's so beautiful. You just look around and you thank God for making everything. This is home, this is what the elders taught us.” - Clara Day
With the discovery of oil and gas on Inuviauit lands decades ago the development of these resources is closer to becoming a reality. ICS producers travelled with NWT's Deputy Commissioner Gerry Kissoun visiting coastal areas that may be affected by increased traffic asking residents how they feel about the coming changes that development will bring. During the trip ICS also had the opportunity to follow Canada's National Energy Board Chair Gaetan Caron as he travelled to many of the Inuvialuit's 'Sacred Places' on the coast. Vowed to protect the land in their responsibilities as the energy watchdog for oil and gas development in the Beaufort Delta we get Gaetan's perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the Inuvialuit. Supporting the program with music and commentary is Herschel Island–Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park Senior Park Ranger Richard Gordon.
As part of National Energy Board's (NEB) Cultural Tour of Inuvialuit sacred sites, the NEB Chair visited Clara at her camp. “I think it's about time they come and see for themselves instead of just hearing about it, people have to see and do before they really know how we live,” says Clara.
It was a short visit but Clara hopes they will understand what it means to Inuvialuit to be able to continue going to whale camp, and to practice their traditions year after year. “Yes, if they see the beautiful land and how happy we are out here, knowing this is how we survive, then yes they'll understand,” she says softly.