Derrick was born and raised in Rigolet, Labrador and lives a traditional Inuk lifestyle as a hunter and gatherer; he loves being out on the land and spends as much time outdoors as he can. He still hunts and prepares caribou, moose, seal, polar bear, fox, and wolf hides in the traditional Inuit way.
The changes he has seen over the years allow him to bring awareness to the challenges Inuit face in today’s world. Derrick works to share his knowledge and skills of living and surviving on the land.
He is a stone carver and is experienced in long-distance travel in and around Nunatsiavut and Nunavik. While in town, Derrick teaches stone carving to students and adults, and has a company which teaches bear safety and traditional Inuit survival skills to the public.