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Meet the Elverums

An unusual family finds joy, connection and love in a remote Inuit community.

The Elverum Family

Photo by Eric Guth.

Jenny Kingsley spent time with the Elverum family earlier this year, when the snow was still on the ground. Here’s her documentary, Meet The Elverums.

Most winters, there’s an iceberg that freezes into the sea ice near the town of Pond Inlet, in Nunavut, at the northern tip of Baffin Island.

It was at that iceberg — in the year 2000 — that Carey Elverum proposed to his wife Shelly. Carey’s job with Parks Canada had brought them north to this community of 1,600 people, 95% of whom are Inuit.

Shelley Elverum

Photo by Eric Guth.

Three years later, the Elverums started a family. And as their family began to grow, they learned what most of us do: that life doesn’t always go the way you think it will. But the Elverums have had more than the usual share of surprises. And their experience is absolutely unique to the north, made possible by the people who live there.


This story originally appeared on CBC’s The Sunday Edition on September 10, 2017.

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