Making a Difference: Q&A with Recreation Co-ordinator Lucassie Alayco

Lucassie Alayco, recreation co-ordinator in Akulivik, Nunavik. Photo by Eilís Quinn.

This month, we’re hard at work on Part III of our Arctic Health Series. Along with interviews, articles pictures and videos, it includes a news documentary, Bridging the Divide, spotlighting locals working to improve health in their communities.

Lucassie Alayco is one of those people and he’ll be featured in our upcoming documentary. He’s recreation co-ordinator in Akulivik, Nunavik, a predominantly Inuit community of 507 in Northern Quebec. Since becoming recreation co-ordinator in 2009 he’s a got a successful program up-and-running that takes youth out hunting or fishing.

Here’s part of our conversation:

Why is it important to organize the trips around hunting?

All our lives we go hunting for country food. Ever since I was a kid I followed my parents or grandparents when they went out. But I know there are parents that can’t afford a snowmobile so the young people can’t go hunting. This program gives them a chance.

Who’s allowed to participate in the trips?

As long as the youth have warm clothing they can come. The guides take care of everything else.

How do you feel when you see the participants once they’ve come back?

I really like it when I see that they’re happy. Sometimes kids get their first mammal when they are out with the program. That makes them really want to go out again.

Are your own kids interested in hunting?

My kids are 11, 10 and 5. They started coming out with me when they were 2 or 3 years old so they want to go. It’s in their blood.

Why do you think programs like this one are so important in northern communities?

The youth don’t have anything to do so they just basically stay home. I like to keep them away from drugs and alcohol because up North, when youth start doing drugs, they get kind of stuck doing drugs all the time. They think they have to do drugs every day. I like to make sure they have something else to do.


Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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