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Sharing Our Stories: Send the Injun

Story told by: Nick Huard

I’m a mountain climber. Well, I used to be a mountain climber. As a matter of fact, I filmed the first Canadian ascent of Mount Everest, which was a flop. Two deaths. So, we ended up with no film. We were there to film the peak once they bagged the mountain. But it didn’t happen.

Stan Schwartz calls me up and says, “Nick, you’re not afraid of heights, are you?”

I said, “Nope.”

“Let me call you back.”

 

In his work Nick Huard filmed in Sanikiluaq near Hudsons Bay to shoot a story about the inuksuk for the Royal Bank PHOTO Courtesy Nick Huard

 

A couple hours later, he calls me back. He says, “Are you free from September to November?”

I said, “So far, ya.”

“Let me call you back.”

He calls me back after and says, “Okay, pack your gear. You’re going off to Nepal.”

And I said, “Wha—?”

“You’re doing Everest.”

So, I had to crash-learn how to climb. It was a hell of an expedition. But, then again, all my life has been stuff like that.

 

In the Sensi Azores Nick is pictured standing in the Furnas volcano while at work on a shoot PHOTO Courtesy Nick Huard

 

There’s a war zone: “Send the Injun.” Well, I went.

There’s a high mountain: “Send the Injun.” I went.

For the Arctic: “Oh it’s too cold, I don’t wanna freeze my ass off. Send the Injun.”

Well, the Injun went, and the Injun came back with a story.

 

Nick is pictured at the Annapurna mountain in Nepal PHOTO Courtesy Nick Huard

 

“Sharing Our Stories” is a collection of stories told by Kanien’kehá:ka elders and knowledge keepers rooted in the movement to replant the language, culture, and history of the community in Kahnawake and surrounding areas. The Sharing Our Stories series is being republished in The Gleaner with special permission from The Eastern Door newspaper in Kahnawake – Nia:wen!

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