Back in January of 2013, Twitter user @Nuliayuk introduced the hashtag #NunavutMovies; the idea was to take a movie title and "Nunavutize" it. The idea had northern tweeps totally twitterpated - and Canada, too! https://twitter.com/Teirersias/status/294288984123797505
Not only were the tweets incredibly clever and funny, but the parody movies also offered insight into various realities of Nunavut living via humour. So, I thought I would use select some great examples of Nunavut Movies to give our readers a unique introduction to the territory. Scroll down for some hilarious tweets (coming from some seriously funny tweeps), followed by simple explanations to help non-northerners navigate the punchlines.
What's in a Name?
Not townships, but places of interest are featured in these tweets, like the Road to Nowhere, which is a street name and subdivision in Iqaluit. Mary River is an iron ore mine project, and Southern Baffin is the name for the lower half of Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world and the part of Nunavut in which Iqaluit is located.
The only joke here that is not self-expalanatory is "101 Iqaluit Specials." "Iqaluit special" is the name given to the "stubby-legged, long-bodied" mutts that wander around the territory's capital. Rumour has it that they have husky and corgi ancestry, though all I can verify is that they are quite fiesty and very cute.
Weather and Climate, Obviously
Like we wouldn't bring this up.
These tongue-in-cheek tweets make reference to the territory well-documented problems with food insecurity. Nunavummiut spend an average of $14,815 per year on food, double the national average of $7,262 per year, due to the high cost of food.
Arts and Culture
Drum dancing and throat singing are two beautiful forms of Inuit art, both of which are featured during Toonik Tyme, Iqaluit's annual spring festival. Rannva is a fashion label run out of Apex, a subdivision of Iqaluit, that features arctic-inspired fashions with a twist.
Actual Movie Title: Good Will Hunting