This 7-year-old boy and his father in Pond Inlet are building a go-kart from scraps
Moses Amagoalik and his son, Eepa Killiktee, spent months collecting pieces of metal from the landfill site in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
First, an old shopping cart that someone threw away – which Eepa says would make a great front seat.
Then some welding to build a frame.
Now 7-year-old Eepa is almost ready to drive in his own homemade go-kart, although they have to finish installing the brakes first.
It all started as a father-son project, Amagoalik said, sparked by Eepa’s interest in the caddy.
“He wanted something different, so when he brought it up and said, ‘We can probably put a little engine on the cart,’ so we started building it from there,” Amagoalik said. during an interview in Inuktitut and English.
“I told him he was going to have to help me along, so we’re learning as we go.”
Amagoalik ordered a small gasoline engine online — the perfect size to power the small vehicle.
In Inuktitut, Amagoalik says his son has been helping him build and fix things since he was two years old. For the go-kart, Eepa did the majority of the welding to attach all the parts together.
“Every time we wanted to work on the project, we would go to the garage and he would weld the go-kart frame,” Amagoalik said.
“He would weld what he could, and I would weld what he can’t reach.”
Amagoalik said working on projects like this with his son is a good way to bond.
He hopes their journey to build a go-kart will inspire other families to spend time together on projects, too.
“I hope we inspire…something fun,” he said in English.
“Father and son time, or father and daughter time – or any family time doing something my son and I will hopefully inspire.”