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Rocky island contest a hit

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Monday, June 25, 2012

A tea and bannock-making contest on Honeymoon Island last month seemed to be fun by all accounts, even if the small island is very rocky.

Jacob Keanik and his wife Eva Kogvik packed up a stove, pot, frying pan, flour, tea bag, snow knife, large container of baking powder and three caribou skins and raced off to the island some two kilometres southwest of the community. The Gjoa Haven couple were one of nine couples participating in the contest on May 23, part of the Qavvavik Frolics from May 18 to 25.

Keanik said they had fun, and enjoyed making the bannock and the tea the most.

"We had to drive down to Honeymoon Island and make one bannock and two cups of tea, enough for my wife and myself. Once we finish cooking and drinking tea, we had to come back," said Keanik. "We were the fourth people to get to Honeymoon Island and the first people to get out of there."

Kogvik said the contest was fun and exciting, more so because the island is called Honeymoon.

"Rushing around here and there was exciting and fun," she said.

Sarah Oogak, the hamlet's recreation co-ordinator, said the recreation committee thought the tea and bannock-making contest to Honeymoon Island would be a good activity for the spring games.

"It was a lot of fun," she said.

The island got its name after two teachers married there in the late 1960s, but nobody really goes there to camp, said Enuk Pauloosie, the hamlet's senior administrative officer.

The contest was the subject of a story Nattilik MLA Jeannie Ugyuk told at the legislature on June 1. She said some Gjoa Haven residents pretend to go camping and end up at Honeymoon Island. Ugyuk said three couples and a child apparently pretended to go camping with all the gear families would take for a couple of days out.

"They made tea and refreshments but then they got spooked and raced back to town, although they had just pretended to be out camping," she said at the legislature. "These are not the first couples to pretend to go camping in that area."

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