The peo­ple

Canadian Geographic - - LIFETIME EXPERIENCE #10 - —Ken Burton His­to­rian and guide with One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions since 2015

in the Arc­tic are what re­ally res­onate with me, and part of my job is to help pas­sen­gers un­der­stand that the ex­pe­ri­ences they have will be greatly en­hanced when they start to ap­pre­ci­ate Inuit cul­ture. Putting pas­sen­gers and Inuit to­gether is in­vig­o­rat­ing. You have peo­ple sit down, laugh, share a meal and ex­pe­ri­ence the Inuit way of life, but then you also have Inuit come aboard and see some of the dy­namic sci­ence that hap­pens on these voy­ages. It’s re­ally an op­por­tu­nity to bridge two worlds. I’ve been in­spired by One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions’ ac­tiv­i­ties in the North — the things that hap­pen be­yond just the ex­pe­ri­ence of the ex­pe­di­tion. They’ve helped out the med­i­cal clinic in Pond In­let, they’ve pro­vided food for chil­dren in schools in iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties and they’ve repa­tri­ated pho­to­graphs, in­for­ma­tion and ephemera from mu­se­ums. There are cur­rently ex­hibits in Pond In­let that al­low lo­cal peo­ple to see pho­to­graphs of their par­ents or grand­par­ents from the 1920s, 30s and 40s for the first time. It’s this idea of giv­ing back that I like. It’s a change in par­a­digm from “Let’s go up and look and take pho­to­graphs and ex­pe­ri­ence it our­selves,” to “No — let’s go up there and be part­ners with the Inuit and al­ways try to leave some­thing of value be­hind.” There’s a real magic in that.

It’s re­ally an op­por­tu­nity worlds.’ to bridge two

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