A Sledtime Story
Seeking True North, Day 14: Iqaluit, NU.
When we left our hotel this morning, we were stunned to see a large expanse of brilliant blue sky—the first we've seen since arriving in Nunavut.
|See the yellow submarine? The big marshmallow? The igloo church?|
|Shh! Don't tell anyone but there's a letterbox hidden somewhere in this picture.|
|3 bedrooms and 2 baths in less than 1,600 square feet...What a price tag!|
|Waterfall on Sylvia Grinnell River|
|The Legislative Assembly Building of Nunavut|
|Bench in the entry hall of the Ledge|
|Legislative assembly room (again the symbolic qamutiq)|
|Seating for the public (L), Inuit elders (C), and Members of the Legislative Assembly (R)|
|Like the maces of other territories, all materials used in the Nunavut mace come from the territory itself.|
|Nunavut Justice Center|
There was no official tour guide at the courthouse, so Deputy Murray, who works security, volunteered to take us around. Nunavut's Court of Justice functions as both local and territorial court, Canada's only single-level court in a province or territory. Its judges hear all matters assigned to both lower and provincial courts.
|Courtroom at Justice Center|
While at the courthouse, we sat in briefly on a criminal hearing that was underway in a smaller courtroom. A young man had been charged with vandalism. He was in the courtroom along with the court officials and the lawyer for the prosecution. Though we could hear his attorney participating fully in the hearing, she was not physically present. When we had an opportunity to ask Deputy Murray, he told us that because transportation is so expensive to fly lawyers or witnesses in from distant villages, they often participate in court hearings via audio or video.
We wound up the day with one more visit to the Kickin' Caribou Pub, where we saw Vancouver Tom again but he wasn't our waiter tonight. After a light meal, we returned to the hotel to pack up for our return to Ottawa tomorrow. An overnight near the airport, and we'll return home on Wednesday.
MONDAY, 29 AUGUST 2016
More Photos from Today
|No one we asked knew what this new building is for. With a shipment of materials from the sealift, construction was active.|
|A joint effort by several Nunavut artists for the 20th anniversary of the Nunavut Land Claim.|
|More artist collaboration on these beautiful murals at the local hospital.|
|The so-called 'big red boat' at Apex beach.|
|Iqaluit's many colors|
|The big red boat again. It just keeps coming back.|
|All the way from Fort Valley, Georgia (south of Macon) to the Arctic—a Blue Bird school bus!|