Weathered in Pang …

Weathered in Pang 01

As I write this, I am comfortably at home on a Saturday afternoon after a particularly trying Court circuit in Pangnirtung. I almost didn’t make it here, though, as the weather, which absolutely beautiful during the whole time I was working, turned nasty after I concluded my last case and remained so for two days… 

The court docket looked ominously heavy when I first reached the community but my most serious trial evaporated when my client, who was in custody in Iqaluit, fought with police officers who were to escort him to on the plane to Court and was left behind. I ended up finishing all my cases on the Wednesday morning and, though I hoped to leave early the next day, fog rolled in and kept me waiting until Friday night.

Weathered in Pang 02

I spent several hours at the airport on the Thursday, and nearly 8 hours in all on the following day. One thing that made the wait bearable was that I was able to spend a lot of time in the relative comfort of the control tower. This was possible because the operator for the airport also happens to be the Court-worker for the community, which, for those unfamiliar with the term, refers to a paralegal who assists lawyers with interpretation, scheduling and other tasks associated with preparing clients for court. Adamie Komoartok, pictured above, is the most senior court-worker in the whole territory and I have known him for nearly 14 years now. Not only did he provide invaluable service to me with respect to my court duties, he also illuminated a lot of interesting things about the deficiencies of government support for airport traffic control in the north that will, I think, make a very interesting post sometime in the future…

Weathered in Pang 03

Eventually, and seemingly after an interminable wait, our plane finally found a hole in the clouds and made it on the ground (can you see the final approach in this picture?).  Anyway, Pangnirtung is only an hour from home by air and so, happily, I was home with my lovely wife, glass of rum and coke in hand, not long after the above picture was taken.

By the way, while I was in Pangnirtung (‘Pang’ as it is commonly known), a number of people were digging clams not far from the community. I half thought about taking some home but the clams from this community are not nearly as good as the ones from Qikiqtarjuaq  and I declined. As it happened, though, in one of those strange coincidences that occur from time to time, my wife snagged almost two kilograms of the ‘Qik’ clams while I was gone and I now have a new foodstuff to write about in some upcoming post. Stay tuned 🙂

5 thoughts on “Weathered in Pang …”

  1. This post actually went up on my birthday! And as I always love reading about life way up north, this feels really cool. Many apologies for catching up on so many blog posts at once, John! This summer and the beginning of the semester have been a killer for being social!

    Hope that this message finds you well. How is the hand healing, btw?

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