Putting your body -and money- where your mouth is, Emma Thompson edition

Actor Emma Thompson, right, in yellow top, pays a visit to the Ilisaqsivik Society during a recent visit to the North Baffin community of about 1,000 people. Thompson and her daughter Gaia spent nearly two weeks in Clyde River as part of a Greenpeace visit to install solar panels on the community hall and support the community’s stand against seismic testing for undersea hydrocarbons off Baffin’s east coast. That fight goes to the Supreme Court of Canada in November. Ilisaqsivik is an award-winning society that runs numerous programs for all members of the community from children and new moms to men’s groups and elders. They also run a social enterprise called the Naujaaraaluit Hotel which, through its subsidiary company, Tukumaaq Inc., funnels profits to the society. According to the society’s Facebook page, Thompson met with staff, learned about the programs and even participated in some traditional games. (ILISAQSIVIK FACEBOOK PHOTO)



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