When Rankin Inlet’s Inuujaq Leslie Fredlund decided she was going to open her store selling Indigenous-made products at the beginning of 2020, she knew there would be challenges ahead.
But not even she could have expected a global pandemic that would bring the local economy to a grinding halt.
“It was the summer of 2019 when I got a business licence and started planning. I was working so it was hard to get working full time. In January I said it’s time to dive and, take a chance and if it doesn’t work out take it from there,” said Fredlund, owner of pop-up shop Maybe Somewhere.
“And then the pandemic hit and I ended up being home with four kids.”
The mother of four has always had a love for the arts and has been involved in some form of practice throughout her life.
Inuujaq Leslie Fredlund, owner of Maybe Somewhere, at her first ever pop-up shop in January right before COVID-19 shut down the territory. Fredlund has been doing her best to grow her business despite the challenges faced during the pandemic.
photo courtesy of Inuujaq Leslie Fredlund
News Article Courtesy of Nunavut News