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The long journey to publish Nunatsiaq News – Part 1 – Nunatsiaq News

Feb 6, 2023

A personal recollection

In late 1961, we left Ottawa for Sugluk (now Salluit) after my father, A. Barry Roberts, had completed six months training as a northern administrator. The journey, mostly by Austin Airways DC-3, would take three weeks. Before instrument flying, weather meant you stayed put.

On the flight from Povungnituk to Ivujivik, the Inuk woman beside me offered me an apple. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was a very generous gift. Fresh fruit was rarely seen for the next three years.

I was nine years old.

My father was an adventurer. He was a young reporter in England for the Cannock Advertiser shortly after the Second World War. After meeting my mom Pat on Victory in Europe Day in 1945 they married, had me and then quickly decided to move to Canada.

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