It is something most of us take for granted – to be heard and to hear – but for close to one million Canadians this is not the case. For the deaf, the world is not only silent, it is isolating. In this National Magazine story, we see people who feel the isolation most intensely: those who live in Canada's far north. Alison Griffiths and her deaf daughter, Quinn, are invited to a remote northern community to attend a pioneering workshop that teaches the Inuit sign language. Quinn and her mother soon discover what it's like to a be a deaf youngster in the remote north and how vital this workshop is to the deaf and their families as they learn together, share experiences and develop longer-term relationships.