portrait of children


Played by Lukasi Forrest

Tomas is a strong, bright teenager. The prospect of his first visit to the North, the land of the father he never knew, fills him with nervous excitement.
ᑖᒪᔅ ᑖᓇ ᓴᓐᖏᔫᕗᖅ, ᒪᒃᑯᑦᑐᒃᑎᐊᕙᒃ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐳᓛᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᕐᒧᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓚᐅᖏᑕᖏᑕᖓᓄᒃ ᐊᑖᑕᖓᑕ ᓄᓇᖓᓄᒃ, ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒍᓱᑦᓯᓐᓈᖅ ᓇᓗᓕᕈᔪᑦᓯᒪᓗᓂᓗ.


Played by Marianne Farley

Anna has lived her whole life in Montreal, except for a short period when she worked in Igloolik, where she met Tomas’s father, Caleb. The relationship ended abruptly, and she returned to Montreal where she raised Tomas alone. This is her first trip back in 14 years.
ᐋᓇ ᑕᑯᔭᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑖᒪᔅ ᐊᑖᑕᖓᓂᒃ, ᑲᐃᓚᑉᒥ ᐋᓂᐊᕕᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᒡᓘᓕᒃᒥ. ᐊᕕᑲᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᐴᒃ ᕿᓚᒥᑯᓗᒃ ᑲᑎᖓᓗᑎᒃ. ᑕᐃᒪᖓᓂ ᐅᑎᑲᓐᓂᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓐᖏᑉᐳᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ 14-ᓂᒃ.


Played by Travis Kunnuk

Tomas’s 16-year-old half-brother. Fiercely independent, Travis has struggled all his life with the grief left behind by his father’s disappearance.
ᑖᓇ ᑖᒪᓯᐅᑉ ᐊᖓᔪᐊ ᐊᑖᑕᖃᑦᑎᒌᑦᑐᑎᒃ 16-ᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᒃ. ᓇᒻᒥᓂᖅᓱᖅᑐᒋᐊᓚᒃ, Travis ᐊᑦᓱᕈᐃᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᓯᓕᒫᖓᓂ ᓯᓪᓗᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᖓᑦ ᐊᑖᑕᖃᕈᓐᓃᖅᑐᓂ.


Played by Carol Kunnuk

Caleb’s first wife and Travis’s mother, Sheba, has always blamed Anna for stealing her husband. She is a loner who refuses to be helped by others.
ᑲᐃᓚᑉ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥᒃ ᓄᓕᐊᕆᓚᐅᖅᑖ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓛᕙᔅ ᐊᓈᓇᖓ, ᓰᐸ, ᐅᖃᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᖅᓵᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒋᐊᖓ ᐅᐃᖓᓂᒃ ᐋᓇᒧᑦ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐃᓄᑑᕗᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᖃᑦᑕᖏᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓄᑦ.


Played by Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq

Sheba’s abusive boyfriend, Barrie, fights his demons with substance abuse. He was Caleb’s cousin and one of his closest friends.
ᓰᐸᐅᑉ ᐱᖃᓐᓈᖓ ᓂᖓᓲᖑᕗᖅ, ᐱᐅᕆ, ᐊᑲᐅᖏᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐋᖓᔮᕐᓇᖅᑐᓂ. ᑲᐃᓚᑉ ᐃᒡᓗᐊᔪᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕆᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓ.


Played by Pakak Innukshuk

Caleb’s older brother visiting from another town to care for his frail old father, Silessie. He is a good uncle, who teaches Tomas the ways of the North.
ᑲᐃᓚᑉ ᐊᖓᔪᐊ ᐳᓛᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᓯᐊᓂᖔᖅᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᐱᒡᒐᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᑦᑑᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᑖᑕᖓ, ᓯᓚᔅᓯ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᑲᑦᑎᐊᕙᒃ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑕᖓ ᑖᒪᔅ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒦᒋᐊᑦᓴᖅ.


Played Sharon Iyerak

Igloolik’s gregarious and enterprising taxi driver, Jeela, looks forward to spending time with her old friend Anna.
ᐃᒡᓘᓕᐅᑉ ᐅᒻᒪᕆᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᓚᑐᔪᖅ ᑖᒃᓯᖅᑎ, ᔩᓚ, ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒍᓱᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᖃᑎᒋᑲᑕᓐᓂᐊᕐᒪᐅᒃ ᐋᓇ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᖃᑎᒌᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ.


Played by Madeline Pijuq Ivalu

The benevolent elder and matriarch of a family split between tradition and modernity, Sarah has always managed to keep the family together through hardships.
ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᑦᑎᐊᕙᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᓇᓗᓕᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐅᕙᑦᓯᐊᕈᓂᓴᕐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᒧᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᓂᒃ, ᓯᐊᔭ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᖓᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᑲᑎᖓᑎᑯᓘᔭᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᑦᓱᕉᓴᓕᕋᐃᒻᒪᑕ.


Played by Samson Kango

Sarah’s husband and the family’s aged grandfather.
ᓯᐊᔭᐅᑉ ᐅᐃᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓚᒌᒃ ᐊᑖᑕᑦᑎᐊᖓᑦ


Played by Eric Nutarariaq

A violent and unstable drug dealer. One of Barrie’s cohorts.
ᓂᖓᓲᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖓᔮᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᖃᓲᖅ. ᐱᐅᕆᐅᑉ ᐱᖃᑎᒋᖃᑦᑕᖅᑕᖓ.


Played by John Arnatsiaq

An experienced hunter and close friend of the family.
ᐊᖑᓇᓱᓐᓂᕐᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓚᒋᓐᓂᒃ.