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This 14-year-old kid raises and trains Arctic sled dogs

James and his dad want to keep the tradition of fishing and hunting with dogsled teams alive in Naujaat.

James and his dad want to keep the tradition of fishing and hunting with dogsled teams alive in Naujaat

Keeping dog sledding alive in Nunavut

3 years ago
Duration 1:32
When he's not at school, young James Alaralak works hard to keep dog sledding alive in his Arctic hometown.

Meet James Alaralak, a young dogsledder living in Naujaat, an Inuit community in the Arctic, once known as Repulse Bay.

James Alarak holds a puppy he is raising to be part of his sled dog team. (CBC | High Arctic Haulers)

James says that he and his father are some of the few community members who still hunt and fish with the use of dog teams. "Keeping the culture alive is important to me and my dad, because when I have kids I want to teach them how to dogsled."

James makes a dogsled out of wood (CBC | High Arctic Haulers)

Not only does James build his own sleds, he also raises the pups and trains them to be proper sled dogs. Even when he gets thrown from the sled (and the dogs speed on, unaware), he can't get upset. "I love them too much."


 

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