In the summer of 2007, ICHR organized a health research retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Shingle Point, a traditional whaling camp on the Beaufort Sea.
Representatives from Aklavik, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Moose Kerr School, Aklavik Health Centre, and Yellowknife Health and Social Services, as well as NWT-based graduate students, ICHR and AHRN NU staff were in attendance. Participants networked and shared current health research projects. Time was taken to discuss health research priorities and plan projects for the NWT around the fire of the outdoor boardroom.
Two Aklavik youth from Moose Kerr School, Bonnie Koe and Autumn Semple talked to Elders about traditional foods. The students were creating a video to highlight the successes and challenges of making healthy dietary choices in Aklavik.
Even with all the work, there was still time to play, the 2007 Shingle Point Summer Games proved to be an entertaining time for all with such memorable games as the dizzy stick and serious rounds of ring toss. AHRN Nunavut took the prestigious prize of the crying towel.