(too-loo-gak): Inuktitut (the language of Inuit) word meaning raven

Michele LeTourneau and Chloe LeTourneau-Paci

Yellowknife, NT

Michele: When I was in labour for Chloe, the kid’s father took our son who was three to play outside my hospital window. There were ravens cavorting outside the window as she was being born. Since we had named our son with a bird name, we thought we’d continue the tradition and call her raven, after the birds that were out there when she was born.

Chloe: I have fun pretending to talk to ravens, and they sort of answer me back. I have conversations with them, not all the time, mostly in winter. I hear them say something and then I copy them. Sometimes I do think it’s because I’m called raven that they talk to me.

Michele: When she found out that was her name, and found out the story of being named raven, from then on as soon as she’d spot one, she’d go for it. I guess it’s an affinity.

Chloe: I thought it was cool.