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Ane Sofie Lauritzen

1975. Ilulissat.

My name is Ane Sofie, but I’m just called Anso. I always have something to do now that I work both in the kindergarten and with our company where we take tourists on dog sledding trips. When my day is over from kindergarten, I usually just have time to go home and change my clothes and then it’s over to the dogs.

Having dogs means a lot to me. We have always had dogs in my family, and we would bring them with us when we moved. So it means a lot to us to stick to the Greenlandic lifestyle of going out into nature a lot. Especially in the summer, we do a lot of sailing, fishing, and hunting or longer trips in the mountains.

I think it is very important that we are open to differences. We will have to be welcoming to different cultures. We can’t just be ourselves. The world has been opened up, and we must become better at accepting it. Everyone is welcome at my place. That openness is very important, and I hope that there are more young people who feel that way.

I was born in Uummannaq, and I have lived in Qeqertarsuaq and Qasigiannguit. We moved to Ilulissat in 2013. There are many differences between people from town to town and from settlement to settlement and each place is something special. We all have a common culture, but there are also many differences, just the dialects for example.

This is how I raise my children myself. I tell them to go out and explore the world. And when they come back to work in Greenland one day, Greenland will benefit greatly from them. It is not only for their own sake but also for the sake of Greenland’s future.