First, thank you for all the RT, likes, and kind comments on my thread yesterday. It was a quick look at my life growing up.
For anyone curious, I reconnected with my bio family when I was 26. It was incredibly awkward at first.
I experienced huge culture shock. I grew up in Alberta and had never experienced the culture, climate or the traditional food.
I'll never forget my first meal at my Nanuk's. It was a caribou head. It was baked and served in front of me. I had no idea what to think.
I wasn't sure if this was a practicle joke, or if they were seriously wanting me to eat this. It wasn't until my 5 year old niece said "Oh! Caribou head!" and dug in without any qualms or questions. My pride took over. If a 5 year old girl could eat this, so could I.
Good evening folks. My name is Lew Jobs and I'll be hosting this week. I'm Inuvialuit originally from Tuktoyaktuk NWT. I'm a #60sScoop survivor. The name I was given at birth was Allen Craig Gruben. I was taken at birth and given to a white family at 3 weeks of age.
I'll start with a bit about myself. I was born in the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk in 1967. I was taken at birth and put in a receiving home. At 3 weeks of age, I was placed in a foster home in Ft. McPherson. This placement ended up as my permanent home.
The family I was placed with were teachers. He was German, she was American. He was just out of university and started his career in the NWT. They were told that I needed a home. That I was not wanted. They were told this by the social workers.