They stand alone in vast tundra landscapes, signposts, boundary markers, custodians of sacred space – as they have been for thousands of years.
And yet today they have become popular, perhaps cheapened – something to make by a roadway or on a stony beach, sometimes to promote a function or locality.
We have two inukshuks in our front garden, reminders of Canadian visits and friends, but also for their historic message - here is where we are, this is our space and it is sacred to us.
We have had a lifelong, special interest in Canada, visiting there a number of times and accumulating wonderful Canadian friends and memories. Over several trips, we have driven the whole distance from Vancouver to Nova Scotia - something that most Canadians have not done. Sadly, age and the current global situation mean that we will not go there again.