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November 14th 2022
Inuk hunter Rubin Komangapik and his hunting partner Yoanis Menge have hope that the worst is behind them.
The pair run Reconseal — a co-operative whose name is a play on reconciliation. Based out of the Magdalen Islands, Reconseal supplies southern Inuit organizations with seal meat and skin so urban Inuit can access seal skins and country foods, a term encompassing traditional staples such as seal meat, arctic char and caribou.
Along the way, the two hunters teach each other cross-cultural hunting techniques and trade worldviews.
“Country food, on the whole, is happiness for us,” Komangapik explained. “When we don’t eat our country food, we are eating empty, sad animals. When we eat country foods, we’re eating free, happy animals.
“We are what we eat.”
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