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Have you visited us in Kugluktuk, or just visited our community, and made some friends? Would you like to share some blog thoughts about Kugluktuk's goals and dreams? Contact us and we'll set you up here on our blog page.

The more the merrier so there's no pressure on you to blog all the time ... even though Kugluktukmiut and others would love to read what you have to say!

A huge thanks to Ariel Tweto for keeping in touch, and for wanting to blog. Thanks for touching our hearts in Kugluktuk. All your friends and fans you met in the Kitikmeot communities say: Koana!


Kyle Baun

by Guest Blog on 2014-11-02

Hello. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Sara and I'm a Natural Doctor in Toronto, Ontario. I am starting a blog with Kyle Baun. Kyle is a hockey player at Colgate University and he is the grandson of Canada's Hockey great Bobby Baun.

We are all looking forward to meeting the students of Kugluktuk.



Learning from Each Other & Making New Friends:

Ariel's  Popping Bubbles 'Kitikmeot Tour' begins in Kugluktuk (the backdrop for the Blog)




  Ariel Tweto's  visit  to Kugluktuk (March 24 - 27, 2014)

The connection between the Iñupiaq of Western Alaska and  Copper Inuit  of Kugluktuk goes back several  generations  . This spring, the connection comes alive. Ariel Tweto is coming to Kugluktuk to inspire people to dream big, and to value the importance of setting goals.

Ariel's visit does come with a message about bullying and  suicide prevention.   The message is fresh, passionate and down-to-earth, like Ariel; her natural zest for 'giving back' inspires everyone with a new way of looking at ourselves and the world around us ... to find a purpose, to develop a good work-ethic, and to go beyond the confines of living in a self-made bubble.  

Ariel's roots are Alaskan Iñupiaq (Inuit); she was born and raised in Unalakleet Alaska. Her Grandmother and some of Ariel's relatives went to residential school. Ariel has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of northern living as a woman from a remote, fly-in community. But, Ariel rises above the clouds and truly does fly wild.

Ariel and her family were featured on Discovery Channel’s  Flying Wild Alaska  for 3 seasons. Ariel is an accomplished athlete in  traditional  Inuit games and she perfected the “seal hop” on the TV show Wipeout  . Ariel has also appeared on David Letterman’s  Late Show  and the  Late Late Show  with Craig Ferguson. With several projects on the go, Ariel is currently a host on the FNX/Sundance Institute’s show Native Shorts  .

“I'm super excited and flattered to be invited to Kugluktuk” says Ariel. “I can't wait to meet everyone and share my thoughts and stories. I have been very lucky so far in life and I think it has a lot to do with my outlook, the people I surround myself with, my upbringing, family, and my goal setting. I want to share my experiences with others and hopefully inspire people to step outside of their comfort zone and to dream big. I ask myself almost every day 'what is my reason for waking up today?' And most days I have an answer; if I don't have one, I go and find it! I want to help people find a reason to wake up.”

In our work with former residential school students and their families, the Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk welcomed the Kugluktuk Radio Society’s help to make this opportunity possible … and, to share something life changing with some amazing people in loving memory of a young radio volunteer, the late  Sonia Akana  .


Healthy Kugluktuk extends its deepest gratitude to David and Cora DeVos, formerly of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and now Saskatchewan. Koana Dave and Cora, all of this is possible because of your love and passion for life!





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