1st female hunting guide in Cambridge Bay an inspiration to family, Inuit women

This story relates to SDG 5 Achieve Gender Equality and empower all women and girls.

“'All the male guides are pushing me to help me. They're proud of me,' says Pamela Nakashook.

"Not only guys can hunt, girls can hunt too."

Pamela Nakashook is the first certified female hunting guide in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region. The 21-year-old, from Cambridge Bay, recently received her Level 1 guide licence — she was the only woman among 14 men in the course.

"And I finished in the top three," she says proudly.

Nakashook always had a connection to the land. Among the youngest of 11 children, she says she was the only one of her siblings interested in hunting.

"I was getting teased growing up for wanting to hunt instead of wanting to do girly stuff. I was told by my brothers that I can't do this and I can't do that."

But her father, who she calls her "best friend," had other plans.

"I was convinced to from my dad," she says. "I was inspired by him, I loved it out there and he talked me into hunting."

In the course, trainees were taught how to build igloos, how to navigate, how to keep their international clients warm, fed and comfortable, and received safety training.”

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