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The Inuit Oil Lamp – ᖁᓪᓕᖅKudlik or qulliq

As part of its Come Celebrate the Summer Solstice event on  Tuesday, June 21, St Martin’s will welcome the Reverend Aigah Attagutsiak from St Margaret’s Parish in Vanier. Aigah will be on hand following the special communion and luncheon to give a presentation on the Inuit oil lamp to help us understand its vital importance as part of Inuit survival in the northern setting and its current symbolic significance. The lamp was traditionally used by the Inuit to light and heat igloos and tents, melt snow for water, dry clothing and cook food. Today, the kudlik is primarily used as a ceremonial symbol of renewal and in Inuit Art.

Aigah Attagutsiak grew up in Arctic Bay (ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ), Nunavut. She has lived for more than 15 years in Ottawa and previously worked as a case manager and interpreter for the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team. She is a mother and grandmother. Aigah was ordained to the Diaconate in November 2014 and to the priesthood in September 2015. Her main focus at St. Margaret’s is the care of the Inuit congregation that meets Sundays at 11:30am.