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In the summer of 2017, two boys from Cambridge Bay joined the tall-ship St. Lawrence II for the 1000-nautical-mile voyage from Quebec City to Halifax. For two weeks, together with a dozen other youths from Canada and the US, they sailed the ship as working hands, down the St. Lawrence River, across the Gulf, past Cape Breton, and along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

Every summer since then, more Nunavut youths – boys and girls – have sailed on St. Lawrence II. For more information, visit Tall Ship Expeditions.

Read a news story (Nunavut News online) about the four youths from Baffin who sailed on the St. Lawrence II in 2018.

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St. Lawrence II
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Ethan Kaiyogana, 18, from Cambridge Bay
“After this trip, I feel motivated. I realized, if you want something in life, you have to work for it ... I feel more confident that I can go to different places now. I couldn’t be more thankful to the Ayalik Fund for taking me here, [to] places not a lot of people are able to go – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Please watch this two-minute video of Ethan’s Journey.

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Robert Taptoona, 16, high up the mast furling sail
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Jeannie Qiyuapik Ootoova, 16, from Pond Inlet, sailing around Lake Ontario

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