Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt is an Inuk from Baker Lake, Nunavut. She is currently attending Concordia University in Montreal. Growing up, formal education was strongly encouraged by her grandmother because she realized that this is the way to make it in the modern world.
Along with school, came school sports.
She played soccer, basketball, and hockey in high school. Soccer being the sport she connected to most, she continues to be involved with the sport, whether it is by playing community/recreational soccer, organized teams, coaching junior high students, or teaching her little cousins how to play, outside of their house.
After high school, she attended Nunavut Sivuniksavut in Ottawa. She learned so much about Inuit history and culture. She realized how important it was to connect with her culture and began to learn as much as she could after her year in the program. She returned home for a year and learned how to sew, spoke to the elders of her community, and began to feel a very strong connection between herself and her culture.
Now, Paula is combining both her culture and her love for sports and encouraging youth to have pride in their culture and stay active.
GEN7 Messenger Paula Rumbolt talks about her mother as a role model and the importance of the GEN7 program for Inuit youth