Nunavut spirits beware: paranormal society is on the hunt
“Just because we cannot see it or explain it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist"
You wouldn’t think a guy so interested in death could be so chipper.
But that’s Mohammad Hussain — a grin is usually stuck to his face, and it widens when he talks about paranormal activity — like ghosts.
“I do believe there’s something else,” Hussain said.
“And we’re not alone. I personally have experiences.”
Years ago, in his Toronto home, he noticed doors closing randomly. He would see “things” in the reflection of picture frames, and saw inexplicable shadows where none should be.
That piqued Hussain’s interest, and he joined a Toronto paranormal society. But since moving to Iqaluit three years ago, the 31-year-old has been out of touch with the ghost-catching world.
So he decided to start a group here — the Nunavut Paranormal Society — to gather the like-minded and the curious.
“I’ve been speaking to a lot of people from different age groups, from all walks of life. And I did find a great interest in the field of the paranormal,” Hussain said.
“And yet, there’s no organization or group where people can find more details on the subject.”
Hussain has ordered thousands of dollars worth of gadgets such as electro-magnetic field readers, special audio recorders and night vision cameras to help identify the presence of ghosts and ghouls.
All that came from his own pocket — which speaks loudly to his passion for the unknown.
And Hussain insists he isn’t the only one interested in paranormal activity.
A week ago he posted a message on the Facebook page Iqaluit Sell/Swap calling for interested members to join the society’s board so it can be officially recognized as a society with the Government of Nunavut.
He said everyone from teenagers to elders responded, wanting to know more.
“If you see the response from the community, you’d realize that this is something that needs to be looked into further,” Hussain said.
“Just because we cannot see it or explain it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,” he said.
And Hussain’s heard many rumours of ghosts in Iqaluit, which he says is a “mystical” place.
“The Old Rez. The hospital. The legion,” he said, naming potential paranormal hotspots.
“I’ve been hearing all sorts of stories from different locations — let’s see if they allow us [in].”
Nunatsiaq News contacted a building operator at Nunavut Arctic College’s Ukkivik student residence, which Hussain said is haunted.
The operator said he’s heard rumours, but he’s never personally seen a ghost.
Several other Nunavummiut claim to have seen ghosts, however. More than 4,800 people have joined the Facebook group Ghost stories in Nunavut where they boast about encounters and unexplained incidents.
Hussain plans to stake out these haunted buildings — which he calls “investigations.”
“I’m sure individuals who have claimed to have had experiences is valid. Now let’s put it to rest,” Hussain said. “Now people who have seen things or felt things can actually confirm it through our investigation.”
Hussain said people can keep tabs on the society and its findings when he creates a website and a Facebook group. That’ll happen once the group gets official recognition, and when more funds become available.
Ultimately Hussain hopes his society will help bring the community together.
“It bridges the gap between the generations,” Hussain said.
“Anyone from all different age groups can come share their experience. For instance, an elder can come in and tell their stories, their knowledge.”
Hussain hopes the society will expand into other communities as well, if there’s interest.
Oh, and Hussain’s favourite scary movie? The Exorcist, of course.
“It still gives me the creeps!”