// Nunavut has the highest suicide rate of any province or territory in Canada. In the town of Arviat, young people have found salvation in dancing. Their annual competitions have become legendary – and a way to heal emotional wounds. .
1. Ian John Alikaswa tells his half brother Peter Aliktiluk to 'have no doubts, and use all our abilities' before the annual Sila Rainbow dance competition. .
2. Shelton Nipisar (left) and his dance partner Malachi Poungalak practice a dance routine before the annual dance competition. “I inispire a lot of youth, especially children. They’re like, ‘Oh it’s Shelton, oh look it’s Malachi.’” Shelton says. "So when they do that, I feel like I want to dance more and inspire them. I want to tell the kids that if you’re feeling suicidal, just talk to someone. If you don’t talk about it, that feeling will grow inside you like flower, and it will become worse. So just talk to someone you know you trust.” .
3. Andy Thomas Evaloakjuk searches the cemetery for the graves of those he has lost, December 2016. “Talk to someone you know who’s older, your friend, your older friend, teacher, relative, even a stranger,” Andy says. “A stranger might even feel the same way. But they need help too. Once they start talking, they’ll support each other. Once they support each other, all of us, we can stop suicide.” .
4. Inuit young and old gather in the community hall every week to dance in Arviat, Nunavut. .
and I have a new short documentary “Dancing Towards the Light” set in the town of Arviat, Nunavut. Visit @kitracahana
to view other photos and videos from the project and to find a link to the full documentary available for free online on the CBC.