One day You'll take charge.
Yesterday, I felt I had nothing to do, so I spent the time with my grandparents in the afternoon. These people are tireless, talk about being Elders at the age of 78. They are always looking for something they can do.
When I went to my grandparents I found my grandpa in the porch taking the caribou meat off the freezer, and he’s on his wheelchairs. I wasn’t surprised that he would still try and get all the meat out, even though he can’t really reach the ones completely frozen on the bottom. That’s my grandpa who says “don’t say it’s impossible when you haven’t tried yet”. Luckily I came to visit them so I helped him take the meat out and I had to use an axe and a hammer to take the meat off. After we had done taking the meat out we cleaned the freezer, to the ice off its walls and its floor then put the meat back in its place.
After we had done al the work, we went to the living room and started chatting. I was telling him about my new tools in my shack and he was really happy that I am buying things that I will need in the future. My grandparents are always telling me to use my money wisely and to think if I’m buying something, do I need it now and in the future?
But anyways, my grandpa and I started chatting about how Arviat is changing. The community leaders thought about moving the dumps somewhere else away from the South of Arviat where I and the people think it’s annoying when the dumps is lit for it to burn. My grandpa said to me “when you become a leader, make sure you tell the community that you don’t want the dumps to be moved. The reason is that the polar bears go straight to the dumps first, that’s their first stop. But if you move it to the other side of the community, the polar bears first stop is the community of Arviat and that’s going to cause some problems. The kids are always curious and the Elders can barely move any faster.”
“The other thing about the community is the water reservoir. There’s been some explosions in the reservoir and it can be fixed. First you put a pile of rocks over the sides and add some dirt as well, this will prevent the force from exploding again. The water is a very strong thing, it can break a wall of 8 foot wall, it can create a lot of force.”
There is a lot of reasons why we should use Inuit Elders as our leaders that make the changes, because they know a lot. One day we will become leaders of the universe, we will create the changes. So, if you think wisely and take your time to think about what you’re doing, you can make the good choices. One day, you will take charge, be the right leader.