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Coopérative en vedette / ᑯᐊᐸ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑕᐅᔪᖅ / Co-op Spotlight Kangiqsualujjuaq had indeed brought a freezer for us to fill it with fish. I proceeded next to the river’s estuary to go net fishing, and we stayed up day and night without stopping for sleep. Those living at Kuururjuaq and Kangiqsualujjuaq were sent fishing, using a couple of fishing boats while I gutted, cleaned and placed the fish into the freezer. The freezer filled up and the fish was ready to go! Afterwards that group of Inuit prepared to winter at Akilisikallak by building themselves huts, parts of which they covered over with the saw dust left by the sawmill. It was during the second winter that I became ill from tuberculosis and had to leave for hospital with my grandfather and uncle from my father’s side. I was at hospital in Roberval for two years, leaving behind my young wife and first child. I had been newly married then, and unfortunately had to be gone away from them for such a long period of time. It was so long that I eventually learned French! I was often asked to help newcomers arriving from the north to understand the things they were being asked to do. Sometimes they would arrive in the middle of the night refusing to do what was being asked of them, like taking a bath on their arrival, because they did not understand, so the nurses would call me. Johnny, of Tasiujaq, and I would often do that. That is how we had laboured and how our co-op first came to be! I later joined its board of directors as well as the FCNQ board, and was president at the time that George Filotas was the General Manager. Our co-op is truly a benefit to our community. When we had first established it, there used to be a Hudson Bay Company trading post; yet when the price of fur went down the trading post disappeared for they had not come for our interests. There were many who worked to build up our co-ops and Ilagiisaq (FCNQ), Paulusie Napartuk, Paulusie Kasudluak; Peter Murdoch and his wife Lucille never showed an ounce of impatience, it seems, for they helped us to organize our meals and our meetings. None of them ever became reluctant and continued with the work that had to be done. We worked to keep our identity visible. Our cooperatives are growing today, and I hope to see Inuit continue to speak up for what they think is true. I will remain the strong supporter that I am, of our cooperative movement, right up to my last breath. This can be done not alone but in working together, in cooperating. I speak to all of you, to maintain the effort of keeping the cooperative movement strong. The words I speak, I speak not from personal pride, I speak for working together because it is only in working together that we can build something, something that stands strong. Bobby Baron Bobby Baron was born by the lake that flows to the Kuururjuaq in the month of Des maisons à Kangiqsualujjuaq 22 vq3hxl4Jxᖅ December 1946, near the Hudson Bay Company trading post at the time. He was but 12 years old, his father was a very good provider and would find good hunting and fishing areas. He had a peterhead boat then, and he would trade fox furs, and obtain the furs of seals and caribou for clothing. I always remember the moment my mother made a pair of waterproof sealskin boots and selling them for five dollars! In those days we procured things like flour, baking powder, tea, tobacco and lard with the trading items and money. A short while before the co-op was born and the trading post had been present for quite some time, families used to live separately, on lands of their choosing. The Emarlak (Emudluk) family was based at Kangiqsualujjuaq and so were we. One day an airplane arrived, at dusk. We discovered that the passengers were coming to ask us whether we wanted to start our own cooperative. In those days we lived in tents, and the largest tent had been selected to conduct a meeting and Aqiggiq (George Koneak) was the translator. Those who were present at the meeting agreed to have a cooperative, and so our co-op was created on that day of April 25, 1959. There was one factor for that to have come about. There was very little economy for us back then, and very little work that we could do to earn a living. A study had been done (by the government) on how we could pos- ᑲᖏᕐᓱᐊᓗᔾᔪᐊᖅ Houses in Kangiqsualujjuaq