Mary Simon tour a satisfying reporting knowledge

This article is a person in a collection in which Nunatsiaq News journalists reflect on a tale from 2022 that they loved to inform.

It started out with a text message from my controlling editor, Corey Larocque, on a Friday night time just immediately after 9 p.m. I was even now settling in back dwelling in Ottawa, right after two and a 50 percent weeks doing the job at the Nunatsiaq Information office environment in Iqaluit.

“Hey, Jeff. Sorry to trouble you on a Friday evening. Check out your electronic mail. Killer assignment for you if you want it,” the textual content claimed.

I opened my email on my mobile phone and read the embargoed information release from Rideau Corridor: Gov. Gen. Mary Simon was travelling to her property region of Nunavik for an official stop by.

“Just noticed, I’m free to travel if desired,” I responded.

A week later, I landed in Kuujjuaq for my very first visit to Nunavik, and what a initially check out it was.

I have coated situations with the Governor Common ahead of, but none had been like this assignment: the week I expended in Nunavik following Simon all-around Kuujjuaq, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Inukjuak was one of the most satisfying encounters of my youthful vocation as a journalist.

Jeff Pelletier is pictured below with a sled canine belonging to Ray Berthe Palliser in Inukjuak.

Much of the protocol for a vice-regal take a look at was there, with conferences and image ops with dignitaries and other officers. At the similar time, Simon and her partner, Whit Fraser, introduced a refreshingly relaxed demeanor to their positions as royal associates.

If Simon noticed an previous pal, spouse and children member, former colleague or any individual who needed to meet her, she’d greet them possibly with a hug or a handshake, and communicate with them in Inuktitut.

Fraser introduced a mix of attraction and humour to his introductions, like a single assembly exactly where he launched himself to Inuit associates basically as anyone who “married well.”

Simon’s check out to Nunavik appeared to be a stop by of care for her.

Whilst we journalists have been there with cameras capturing photos and video clip, this pay a visit to was not just a sequence of photograph ops. Simon spent a lot more time listening than speaking, showing obvious curiosity in the persons she visited.

I also realized a ton from every single of the businesses we frequented. I received made use of to having the Governor Basic around, as I flew with her and the other journalists in an Air Inuit constitution following her from occasion to function.

It was primarily attention-grabbing to enjoy individuals from the Unaaq Men’s Affiliation in Inukjuak cut a dogsledding rope from sealskin.

All round, a week expended travelling Nunavik with Simon, her entourage and a truly exciting group of national journalists was the reporting practical experience of a lifetime.

Obtaining noticed Simon all-around Ottawa after she took on the role of Governor Normal of Canada, it was moving to notice the way folks in her home region appeared up to her, and interesting to look at her in her ingredient, surrounded by people today whom she viewed as spouse and children, pals and neighbours.

On major of that, I’ll by no means forget the kindness of all the Nunavimmiut who greeted us along the way at just about every airport, university and party we attended.

I just can’t wait to make it back again to Nunavik yet again in the new 12 months. I definitely hope to take a look at other communities and to continue telling stories about individuals from throughout the location.

The hospitality we seasoned in each neighborhood was heartwarming, and I hope to practical experience it once more quicker than later. Nakurmiik!

Jeff Pelletier, Area Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunatsiaq Information

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