Tina Alookie

Tina Alookie was born in 1959. In 1968, when Tina was seven or eight years old, her family was relocated from Pallavik to Qikiqtarjuaq. Unaware that the move was permanent, her family left their belongings behind. They lived in a matchbox house when they first moved to Qikiqtarjuaq, and did not receive a new home until 1984. Tina expresses unhappy memories of school in Qikiqtarjuaq. She remembers that her classmates were older and bigger, and she recalls being teased by both peers and adults. She remembers many hardships brought on by relocation. Her mother started gambling, and her father drank.