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Elisapee Ootoovok Speech

ELISAPEE OTOOVOK of Pond Inlet (Ap. 1, 1999) Iqaluit: Nunavut--from this momment, sea mammals, we state to you: the water, the sea do not pollute our sea--it is our home; do not make it a concern, do not contaminate it; so that we may continue to be a food resource. Our Creator has created us to provide food for you. As fish we state to you: the lakes, look after the lakes. manage your fresh water so that we will not be contaminated and we can continue to be a food source, because our Creator has created us to be a food source for Inuit. The mammals of the land, we state to you: please take care of the land and the vegetation; please do not contaminate us for they are our only food and our only habitat; so that we may not be a concern, and continue to be a food source, and a source of clothing. Our Creator created us, so that we could be utilized, by you. The air of Nunavut--those of us who are birds say to you: because we fly throught the air to vast distances to migrate to the Arctic--please watch over the land and the air, so that we will not be contaminated, and remain a food source for you. Our Creator has created us so that we could be a resource to you for as long as the sun shall set, for as long as the sun shall rise.