The Fan Hitch Volume 2, Number 3, May 2000

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Nunavut Quest 2000:
More Than a Race
Nunavut Quest 2000:
Drivers' Meeting
Nunavut Quest 2000:
On the Trail
Nunavut Quest 2000:
Race Results
Poem: Dogs of the Sledge Trail
Inuit Demand Inquiry of Historical Dog Extermination Policy
Nunavut's Official Symbols
Niels Pedersen, D.V.M:
The Veterinary Service in Greenland
ISDI Foundation:
Sled Dog Problems in Iqaluit
Baking: Dog Cookie Recipe
Crafts: Save That Hair
Behavioral Notebook:
Social Order
Book Review:
Polar Dream
In My Humble Opinion: 
Sharing the Trail
Ihe ISDVMA Meeting

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Nunavut Quest 2000:
Pond Inlet to Arctic Bay - March 31 to April 7, 2000


Name, Community, Starting Position, Running Time, Finishing Position

 Jobie Issigaitok,  Arctic Bay, 12,  33 hours 36 minutes, 1st
 Panueli Okango,  Pond Inlet, 1,  36 hours 24 minutes, 2nd
 Andrew Taqtu , Arctic Bay, 9,  37 hours 57 minutes, 3rd
 Jacopie Avinga,  Igloolik, 8,  38 hours 01 minute, 4th
 Peter Arnatsiak , Igloolik, 10,  38 hours 13 minutes, 5th
 Ike Ungalaq,  Igloolik, 5,  38 hours 51 minutes, 6th
 Jr. May,  Kuujuak, 2,  38 hours 52 minutes, 7th
 Jushua Illauq,  Clyde River, 6,  38 hours 59 minutes, 8th
 Harry Ituksarjuat,  Igloolik, 13 , 39 hours 04 minutes, 9th
 Sam Ignirjuk,  Hall Beach, 3,  39 hours 26 minutes, 10th
 Herve Paniaq,  Igloolik, 4,  40 hours 33 minutes, 11th
 Natalino Piugatuq,  Igloolik, 7,  41 hours 32 minutes, 12th
 Olayuk Barnabas,  Arctic Bay, 11,  53 hours 08 minutes, 13th

* First prize was $10,000.00 CAD
* Second prize was $5,000.00
* Third Prize was $2,500.00
The first three teams to cross the finish line in Arctic Bay from the final day's  starting line won: 
1st Jobie--2 free tickets First Air
2nd Panueli--2 free tickets Kenn Borek Air
3rd Herve Paniaq--$500 groceries Northern Store
There is neither time nor space to adequately convey the enormity of the undertaking necessary to bring the Nunavut Quest to reality.  Participating communities,  individual, family  and business donations of personnel, time, money and materials contributed greatly to the success of this event. Extra special recognition is due, however, to Arctic Bay residents Niore Iqalukjuak and Joeli Qamanirq, for the Nunavut Quest was their vision which they turned into reality.  NAKURMIIK!  (Thank you!)

Note: Joeli reported that at a post-race drivers' meeting, it was decided that next year's event was to  begin in Hall Beach the second week of March 2001 and end in Arctic Bay.  Although he would have preferred that the race start in Clyde River and end in Pond Inlet, Joeli was happy that this year's participants wanted to continue on with the tradition next year.

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