About Me

Andi and DogsI am a blogger and freelance writer living in the Cree Nation of Whapmagoostui on the east shore of Hudson Bay, a three-hour flight north of my former home in the West Island of Montreal. The Inuit community of Kuujjuarapik shares this site with the Cree at the mouth of the Great Whale River.

Here I work at the Kativik School and moonlight at the local detention centre.

I write for various publications and continue to blog my experiences living in a barren landscape of brutal winds and whiteouts. If not outside walking with the community’s dogs, you’ll find me at my computer, with a hot cup of tea (plain black, Tetley, if possible) reading, or watching adventure films and sappy British comedies.

Oh, and yes, I also love to walk in snow storms!


13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I like the start of your new Northern Lights blog and look forward to follow your writings/musings about life within the northern and Native environment and culture. Knowing you, you will fit right in and make this new adventure exciting for yourself and us “Southerners” who look forward to reading your blog. I need to make one addition to the description of yourself: While everything you wrote about yourself is exactly as you said, you forgot something very important, namely that you are also a loving and giving parent, a caring daughter and sister, a great hostess to family and friends, and meticulous in everything you do! Keep warm, enjoy, and write often!

    • I am humbled by your accolades. Coming from a family of very strong and loving women, it is natural that the most defining and important experiences of my life have been those of nurturing, from my children, family and those drooping African violets picked up at the grocery store. It is an attribute that seems most natural, especially in the women I love and admire. However, how many toad farmers and tadpole breeders are there?

  2. Hey Andi!
    (For some reason, I feel Opie Taylor from Mayberry when I say that.) Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to following yours! 🙂

    • Hello. Things are good. We look forward to our move to Whapmagoostui in a few weeks. So, we’ll be across the “Bay” from you. It will be very different as it’s a flyin community. Look forward to this new experience.
      Keep warm!

      • Well, just in case bring in what you need. Fly in community is going to be tad pricey depending where you’re at. A candy bar goes from 1.60 to 1.95, sometimes even 2.25.

  3. We plan to bring as much as we can, but we have a weight restriction. A box of books, computers, and normal household stuff, and we will have met our quota. Looking into powdered eggs and milk and baking our own bread. Thanks for your suggestions.

  4. Hi Laura, My husband is flying out this week to see the accommodations and the shop out of where he will be teaching the Northern Building Maintenance Program for the Cree School Board – Adult Education. Are you still there? If so, I am sure our paths will cross!

  5. Hello, found your blog after searching for Whapmagoostui’s pictures! My husband and brother-in-law works there. They renovate and maintain Cree daycare all over Québec and they’ve been in Whapmagoostui for the last 6 months. They stay there for about 2-4 weeks and then come down for some much needed rest for about 10-15 days and then go back up. My brother-in-law lives in Macamic and my husband in Sorel-Tracy (about 50 minutes from Montréal), so he’s pretty far from there. Who knows you might have seen them already 🙂

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