It's Monday. Current forecast: 60km/hr winds, 0.2m visibility, -42deg windchill. Flights were cancelled all weekend due to, well, the impossibility of landing a plane if you can't see 200m in front of you.
The phone-answering designate at the Arviat airport might be of interest to anyone who wants to hear "no idea" and an immediate hang-up as a response to any question. It's worthwhile if you want to test your ability to stay positive. Calling the Rankin Inlet airport requires me to procure a long-distance phone card (as my phone won't dial out), and to get one requires trecking across the tundra in this god-forsaken weather hoping you don't end up in the middle of the ocean somewhere. With these winds and visibility, any navigation plan one might have to the nearest Co-op store, in a town you've never been to, is also cancelled due to, well, the impossibility of heading toward something more than 200m in front of you.
My lovely sister has been acting surrogate via telephone. There are maybe 5 different phone numbers listed online for Rankin that don't work. Whale Cove says to call airline. Airline says to call airport.