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Julie's Story -Yellowknife

I’m originally from BC and came to the NWT in 2002. I was a self-government implementation negotiator for the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Self-Government Office in Inuvik. During my 2 years there I got to work in all Beaufort Delta communities. Highlights: driving the Dempster Highway in full fall colour, fishing for grayling, participated in a whale hunt in Tuktoyaktuk, seeing musk ox in Paulatuk, getting to know the elders in Fort MacPherson, hanging out at a friend’s fish camp in Tsiigehtchic, learning to sew fur mitts in Uluhaktuk, and falling in love with someone in Inuvik!

I left in 2004 for Edmonton, but by 2005 I heard the sirens calling and moved back to Yellowknife. I work for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as a Manager of the Aboriginal Consultation Support Unit. I get to travel around the NWT for my work and am very grateful that I’ve gotten to see so much of our beautiful territory.

Yellowknife has the most intrepid partiers I’ve ever met! They’re amazingly creative when it comes to devising costumes for our endless theme parties.  I also enjoy camping, fishing, and skiing. In the summer everyone is so busy making use of every long summer day. But in winter, if it’s too cold to be outside, I love to cook for my friends, attend “stitch’n’bitch” sessions, hang out at the Black Knight Pub, or play games.

If I lived down south, I’d be a big-city girl. And while I love city life, I’d really miss the tight-knit community, the amazing people, and the opportunities to do the unique work I do. I’ve had work experiences that will stay with me forever, that have allowed me to do more in my career sooner than might otherwise have been possible.

We have a special thing here in Yellowknife – something not quite tangible, but anyone I know who’s ever visited me here has felt it too.