Several weeks ago I met a doctor who had worked in Lankien. He described it as remote, "Think about the farthest place you could go", he said, "and then go further". But strangely Lankien does not feel remote to me at all. My idea of remoteness is the vast expanses of Canada's unpopulated north where I worked as a young doctor, places like Iqualuit, Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung and Moose Factory. Lankien feels very different; it is bursting with life, people talking, singing, laughing, babies crying, animals calling; the constant buzz of life in progress. Remote for me is the Pond Inlet I remember from 1984, not Lankien in 2008.