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Our First Caribou Hunt


Nutaraq and Simonie are eager to go on their first hunting trip with their father. As they load up their snowmobile and sled for the trip, Nutaraq hopes that she will catch her first caribou, with some help from her dad.

But as the trip nears its end and Nutaraq still hasn’t caught her first caribou, she tries her hardest to follow all of her father’s advice about how Inuit traditionally hunted on the land.

Focusing not only on basic, practical hunting techniques but also traditional values around the treatment of animals and the sharing of food, this book introduces young readers to traditional Inuit hunting practices and treatment of game.

Written by Jennifer Noah and Chris Giroux | Illustrated by Hwei Lim

Ages 6–8
32 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout
September 2015

Inhabit Media Inc. is the first Inuit-owned, independent publishing company in the Canadian Arctic. We aim to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge, and talent of the Arctic, while also supporting research in Inuit mythology and the traditional Inuit knowledge of Nunavummiut (residents of Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory). Our authors, storytellers, and artists bring traditional knowledge to life in a way that is accessible to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with Inuit culture and traditions.

Jennifer Noah grew up in the south but always had a fondness for the North. She would often write short stories about Inuit children in her primary school years. Jennifer moved to Iqaluit in her mid-twenties, where she continued her work in the field of mental health and addictions counselling. Through her work, she was privileged to hear stories and wisdom from many Nunavummiut. She enjoys watching youth discovering a deeper understanding of Inuit culture and traditions as they listen to the stories and wisdom of their elders. Jennifer hopes to continue writing for children and sharing the rich knowledge and traditions of Inuit through her written work.

Chris Giroux came into the world during a raging blizzard that grounded all the planes, so his mother gave birth to him in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, rather than Iqaluit. Spending most of his childhood living with his Inuit grandparents, Chris learned about the land, animals, survival, and how to live in balance with nature. He learned from an early age to love and respect the land and his elders and made sure to pass this gratitude for the land’s gifts to his own children. Our First Caribou Hunt is Chris’s first children’s book. It captures treasured memories of taking his own children hunting on the land.

Hwei Lim draws comics and illustrates books. Hwei lives in Malaysia.