Cette semaine nous sommes sur la Basse Côte-Nord pour enseigner la vidéo dans des communautés isolées. Vive le skidoo et l’hiver!!
The little mosque in the arctic that’s been causing an international media buzz has finally opened its doors yesterday november 10th at 2pm.
Since the mosque’s arrival in Inuvik on September 23rd, many people lent a helping hand to help finish the final needed renovations. A contractor from Ontario, who had heard about the mosque on the news offered to help out, he later designed and built a 32 foot minaret.
Hussain Guisti, general manager of the Zubaidah Tallab foundation in Winnipeg, organized and raised funds to build and send the mosque to Inuvik. He arrived in Inuvik yesterday to inaugurate its opening.
We would like to show you images and video, but all we can say is that we’re in negotiations to broadcast a little piece on this amazingly uplifting story. So keep on reading our blog for the latest news!
It’s great to see this story get press, below are a few links from international media:
Toutes nos meilleures photos du Dempster et d’Inuvik enfin en ligne sur Picassa.
If you overheard the small-talk in Inuvik these past weeks you probably heard something about the ‘little mosque in the tundra’, or ‘the little mosque in the arctic’. Everybody in Inuvik, us included, were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the mosque.
Rumours were circulating and everybody (this included the shipping company) seemed to have a different idea of when the mosque was to arrive. The mosque which was built in Winnipeg by the Zubaidah Tallab foundation was shipped on September 1st by truck to Hay River NWT and then by barge to Inuvik on the Mackenzie river to finally arrive, to the surprise of many in Inuvik, September 22nd at 5:30pm. The total distance travelled by the mosque was roughly 4000 kms.
After having called our taxi driver friends (who are almost all muslim) about the mosque’s immediate arrival, it wasn’t long before they showed up alongside their family and friends. Roughly 30 people greeted the mosque with waves, cameras, prayers and smiles.
The mosque is in town, but a lot of work still needs to be done before it’s opening. Tomorrow, it will be lifted and dropped on their newly purchased plot of land. Afterwards, a good month of interior touch ups will be needed in order to officially open its doors.
A lot more information to come, including video!
So stay tuned!
Elles ne sont pas encore toutes là, mais voici une bonne poignée de photos prises depuis notre départ (le site inclut aussi des photos de projets précédents)
They’re not all there, but you can now have a look at some of the pictures we took since we left for the North (some come from previous projects)