|LEARNERS IN ACTION||October 2000|
When travelling up North, you are reminded to always be packed and prepared for the unknown. Ironically, we had that experience when our small plane landed at the gravel runway in Pang and blew a tire! Unfortunately, there was no spare tire at the Pang airport so they had to call for a plane from Iqaluit to bring one. As if that wasn't enough, the visibility ceiling in Pang had dropped enough that the plane with our tire could not land. It circled Pang until it had to go back to Iqaluit to re-fuel. At this time, we were told that the ceiling may not change and we might have to spend the night in Pang. Immediately members of the Pang community offered help. However, within another hour the ceiling had lifted and we were on our way back to Iqaluit.
That evening for our entertainment we were treated to a "Northern Fashion Show". The models did a fantastic job and the articles of clothing were quite breath-taking. I remember laying in bed feeling somewhat overwhelmed at everything I had learned about the North already and there was another day tomorrow. Good thing I was keeping notes!
The conference was then brought to a close with a lot of hope and encouragement that the conversation would continue far into the future.
My thanks to all our Northern hosts and the staff of TASA for ensuring that this conference was not only educational but extremely enjoyable.
Thank you readers, for the opportunity to share my experiences with you. A truly wonderful part of the learning experience is bringing our new knowledge to others so they too may learn.