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August 16th, 2019

Lucy’s summer in Dartmouth

Hello, My name is Lucy Anne Okheena.

I’ve been in Dartmouth for over 2 weeks now and I can honestly say I am having a good time, even though there has been a few bumps along the way. I’ve experienced a lot of new things like taking public transit. I’ve never done that before. I’ve only ever taken a school bus which I guess is basically the same? I’ve also taken a ferry for the first time which was very cool and a lot quicker than the Bus to Halifax.

My host mother’s name is Leticia. She has 6 cats and they are all very cute although I’m not used to that many all at once. My favorite cat is named Peta. She is very cuddly and jumps a lot, she’ll literally jump from the countertop to the table in the kitchen… Her daughter’s name is Kayla who is travelling at the moment and one son named Brecken.

I work at a Boys and Girls club and I honestly didn’t know if I would actually like it or not because I’ve never worked with a lot of kids before and I didn’t know how my co-workers were going to be. But once I actually started I LOVED IT. The kids are just so adorable and beany. They are just little beans. My coworkers are very nice and they’re very funny. I don’t think I’m ever not smiling or bored at work unless one of the children are misbehaving. But yeah, I’m having the best time.


Thank you for taking the time to read my blog


-Lucy

August 16th, 2019

Lynn in Manotick

Hello, my name is Lynn, I’m 16 and a participant in the Canadian program of northern youth abroad, I’m from the small community of WhaTi, and my placement is in a part of Ottawa called Manotick.

I used to stay in Owen Sound, but due to a little interruption of a little miscommunication, I had to move to another family. My new host mother name is Ruth B. (Nickname) and her husband Dave, they have three beautiful daughters that are kind of close to our age, and they are pretty nice, understandable and patience with us, as we try to wake up in the morning, we still arrive to work on time, and tired. 

My work placement schedule is different, we both have to work at two different libraries, the manotick public library is ten minutes away and only Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, because Monday is close and Friday is half off, and I only heard the other is more bigger and yeah, lots of books.

The things me and my buddy Sheena has done so far, is kayaking, went to the movies and watched the new Lion King, Toy Story 4, and soon to be the new Spider-Man; far from home. As we go to manotick, we went to the three story mall called Bayshore and only thing came out of there is a build-a-bear, which I got a pikachu named my own, then went to a centre called Byward, it has the sign Ottawa and took some pictures. And the arcade, Fun haven’, it has a mini rollercoaster that spins around, laser tag, and bumper cars. And for the first time, we went to Ikea, and laid on beds for a nap.

To be honest, not long ago, I was homesick and wanted to go home, I felt sad and all, but they say I only have less then two weeks and can do it, I talked to my sister about it, saying to call or tell her if something like this happens again, but now I’m pretty excited to go back to Re-O and reunite with others, hoping that they have a good time traveling.

Thanks for taking the time for reading my one of a kind blog. Eh?

August 7th, 2019

Crystal’s summer in St. John’s

Hello, My name is Crystal Enoogoo and I am from Arctic Bay, Nunavut, and I am Participant in a Canadian program 2019. Thank you to everyone who supported the program and especially my mentor Paulette Campbell, without your support my experience with NYA wouldn’t be possible.

My host community is in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. There are many things you could easily access in St. John’s. It’s not isolated like Arctic Bay. In St. John’s, I would have to go to bus stop at 8:30 am and it would take half hour to go to my work placement and back to host parents, but I didn’t mind because it got me over my fears of learning how to use the bus alone.

All summer I volunteered at the St. John’s First Light Native Friendship Center. I worked with 10-15 kids at day camp. We mostly go to the park with swimming pool and without out the pool so we bring crafts such as sewing supplies, painting rocks or papers, coloring, key chains and bracelets. They play games, water fights, and play with instruments. I supervise kids and help the other staffs clean up and help the other staffs organize the activities. At my work placement, I learned lot of things more than I thought, like being more patient, being more flexible and open-minded, and my time management has improved a lot since orientation.

I really loved my host family I stayed with over the summer. My host mother is Erin, my host father is Kent, and the dog named Molly. They’re super fun to be around because they’re pretty open. It feels like I’m home because of they’re pretty welcoming and warm, which made the stay very comfortable.

Some of the fun things I did over the summer were: I joined the local soccer team and its 15 and under, I find it so much fun, lots of running we play every Mondays and Wednesdays. I started playing 2 weeks ago and I couldn’t get a goal.  On this last Monday I finally had a goal and my teacher/mentor was watching me with her friend and her husband. I met up with Leetia Kalluk and Paulette at the mall.  It was good to see Leetia and her boyfriend bought a new SUV the day we meet up. Dawn, Erin, and I also went to unexpected Ferry trip to Bell Island, we went to go watch whales and puffins they were lots of puffins but we didn’t see Whales but it was still fun.

Being a Participant for NYA has been a lot of fun and challenging so far. The program helped me so much my English is improving so much since I left Arctic Bay, being more open about my feelings, learning how to work as a team, learning about the city life.

What I’ll be doing with my experience with NYA when I get home. I’ll try to let the teenagers amazed about my experience with this program so that they’ll be interested in going NYA and I’m going to have presentation when I get home and its very important for our future.

Thank you for reading my Blog!

Sincerely

Crystal Enoogoo

August 6th, 2019

Sky in Newfoundland

My name is Sky Kalluk. I am 18 years old and I am from Resolute Bay, Nunavut. I am placed in Flatrock, Newfoundland. My placement buddy is Renee Okalik. I am a participant in the 2019 Northern Youth Abroad Canadian program.

My work placement is a BNB Farm in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. I fed baby goats, planted some flowers, walked dogs, met a lot of people from all over the world, and made a lot of jam and cakes out of rhubarb. Working with animals this summer made me so happy. Rhubarb is an interesting fruit. It’s so sweet but it’s good when you don’t have a lot and there’s a lot of it here. My bosses name is Elke and she’s from Germany.

I love my host family. My host parents are Willow and dave Anderson, host brother is Dexter and they (as in Willow and Dave) adopted him from Arviat Nunavut and he is 2 and a half years old. He is so cute, I’m going to miss him. I’ve only met Dave briefly because he works on a ship during the summer and he left two days after Renee and I arrived. I love being around them so much. They make me feel I’m home. I’m going to miss them so much.

Some fun things I did over the summer were going to a camp for adopted Inuit babies in Lewis Porte and met a lot of good people, went to a beach in Lumsden for the first week we were in Newfoundland.

Being a part of NYA 2019 has been fun. This program helped me with a lot of things like being more social, my mental health, I feel happier now, and going to work on time.

I want to thank everyone who helped me and thank everyone who supported me, and my host family for looking after me.

August 6th, 2019

Johnnybou in Windsor

Hello, my name is Johnnybou Taukie, I am 16 years old and I am from a small community called Cape Dorset. It sits south of Baffin Island in Nunavut. I am one of the many participants in the Northern Youth Abroad program. First of all, I would like to thank all of the people that have supported me throughout this amazing journey.

The first week of this program was life-changing! I met some very nice and heartwarming people, I made some life long friends and created bonds that will never be broken. I find other peoples cultures to be pretty interesting and cool. Getting to meet new people was the best part of this program, the staff is very nice and loving. While I was at orientation the people there helped me come out of my shell, they opened up my eyes and gave me hope. 

They will always be in my heart. After orientation, all of the participants spread out all over Canada to try new things and explore new places. I was placed in Windsor, a city south of Ontario. when I first arrived in Windsor I was warmly welcomed, we started off slow but each and every day we spend together, we became closer and closer. We are family and we have each other’s backs. 

At my work placement, I volunteer as a camp counsellor at the University of Windsor. I love working with the kids and hanging out with my co-workers.

In my spare time I love going out for walks to the park, visiting the mall and doing things I wouldn’t be able to do back home like going to the water park. There were times when I went through some “low” times, my gears were grinding and I didn’t know what I was doing, all I have to do is move on and have as much fun as I can. I have the adventure to go to.

Overall participating in this program made me feel better about myself and made me an ongoing person who likes to try new things. I made unbreakable bonds with people and like I said this program really opened up my eyes and helped made me the person I am today. I highly recommend it will prepare you for the future, you will meet new people and you’re gonna have one crazy adventure. 

Thank you for reading my blog.

August 5th, 2019

Dawn’s summer in Newfoundland

My name is Dawn Siutinuar. I am from Coral Harbour, Nunavut. I am part of the 2019 Canadian program.

I was placed in St. Johns, Newfoundland and I work at Paul Reynolds Community Centre. It is a summer day camp and I enjoy being a part of this work placement. I work with a small staff team, taking care of 40 kids (there are 9 of us in total). We do all kinds of things together such as swimming, playing active games, art crafts, go to the playground, and go to the gym at least once a day. Sometimes we go on fieldtrips too. Everyday I go to work through the city bus.

On my free time I go to the mall, watch movies, play soccer, and baseball (I will play in a baseball tournament this weekend), do things with my host parents and buddy, and sometimes just rest at home.  My buddy and I did a 2 day program called YWCA Young Women Leadership Program. We learnt so much and met quite a few people.

My host parents, buddy, and I do things whenever we have time. We went to a pride parade, a bonfire, BBQ in Flatrock, Whale watching, Ferry trip to Bell Island, and went hiking in Cape Spear, which is the most eastern part of Canada. We are planning on squeezing in more activities – as many as possible!

I’d like to thank my mentor Alyssa, my mom Doreen, my auntie Faith, host parents Erin and Kent, and everyone else who helped me get through this program.

August 5th, 2019

Brandon in Beamsville

My placement is in Beamsville Ontario, it’s about 2 hours to Toronto and about half an hour to Niagara falls, Beamsville is on the south side of lake Ontario.

We spent a day in Toronto, in the morning we visited the CN tower, my favourite part was the glass floor jumping up and down and the elevator going 15 mph. The view from the top was surprising and the people on the ground looked like ants, after the CN tower we went sailing. 


So far in the program I went to Niagara falls with my host family at day time and with Rebecca and Sean at night time. What I did like was seeing the falls, you could feel the mist and hear the falls, what I did not like was the crowds and cars. At night time the falls had colored lights and fireworks.


We also went to Canada’s wonderland. The Bat was the first roller coaster I went on and it goes backwards, the Yukon Striker is the brand new roller coaster just opened this year, it has a 90o drop and it goes 130km/h. The scariest part on Yukon Striker was the drop. The leviathan was my favourite roller coaster because it was scariest and longest. I didn’t like the Time Warp because you had to hold on really tight.


Thanks for reading!

August 5th, 2019

Jeremi’s time in Kingston so far

Hi, my name is Jeremi Boisvert and I’m from Taloyoak, Nunavut. I am 17 years old. I have lived most of my life in Taloyoak but I did live in Montreal when I was younger, where my dad is from, so I have been to the south quite a bit but never without my parents.


My placement is in Kingston, ON. I think it’s pretty nice here and I’ve enjoyed my time so far. I’ve always liked swimming, my buddy Dion and I went swimming in Lake Ontario, Big Salmon Lake, and to a couple of pools. I also like going to the movies with my buddy and I finally got to see Avengers: Endgame. There aren’t any theatres in my community so its cool not to have to wait six months to see new movies.


My work placement is at the D&D Auto shop, where I assist the mechanics fixing cars and have some cleaning duties. The guys there are really nice and I enjoy working there, though some days feel long especially when I don’t get my coffee in the morning. I drink a little too much coffee for someone my age, but what can I say, I get it from my parents.


My host family, Wilson and Caroline, are really nice and their home is as well. They have lots of space for Dion and I. I really appreciate that they welcome us into their home and for taking us to places to see and try new things.


I applied for NYA for a few reasons but the biggest being I wanted to get experience living in the south so that I’m ready when I go for post-secondary school. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go, but I think I might try for Queens here in Kingston. I want to study electrical engineering, and at queens, they have good engineering courses and an indigenous entry program which all make Queens convenient for me. I will be going to an engineering camp there next week which I am looking forward to. I am going to Canada’s Wonderland with Dion and two other NYA participants, Nathan and Lutie which I’m really excited for.


NYA has been a really good experience for me so far, I made lots of friends at Orientation and I can’t wait to see them at Re-Orientation. I encourage anybody of age to apply it is an amazing experience, especially if you are from Nunavut, the pop is nice and cheap.

August 5th, 2019

Ben in Bear River

Hi my name is Ben. 


I’m from Colville Lake in the Northwest Territories and I’m 16 years old. My placement is in bear river First Nations in Nova Scotia. My host mom is Holly Meuse and my host brothers Brock, Cruizer, and Jesse. I have volunteered at a community center, band office, fire hall and a carnival. 

My host buddy and me have been going to a mall, a Virtual Reality stop, an escape room, rafting and mud sliding. My favourite part of the summer has been being with my mom when she visited. 


I had never done an escape room or rafting before. I’m excited to see everyone at orientation. 


Thank you for reading my blog. 

August 5th, 2019

Renee’s summer in Flatrock, Newfoundland

My name is Renee Okalik and I am from Whale Cove, NU. I am also a participant in Northern Youth Abroad (NYA). This opportunity wouldn’t happen without you guys believing in me.

For my job I am volunteering at is a Traditional Coffee House. I worked with mostly ladies and a few teenagers (they’re wonderful people). The responsibilities I had was to prepare for the busy lunch hour.

In my host family, they are Willow and Dave Anderson, and my host little brother, Dexter. Very loving, kind people they are. The things I get to do over the summer is to go on road trips/ vacation, go to concerts, and attend different activities like drum dancing.

Before this program, I was a timid person. NYA even got me doing a presentation which has helped me a lot so far about talking publicly.
After being a participant in NYA, I will volunteer in some activities at home. Encourage other youths to join this program. This program got me thinking about what I want to become. An Inuk educator to teach people about my people.

Thank you for reading my blog.
Sincerely,

Renee Okalik