As a child, Ruth remembers being raised in Aklavik, by her parents Joe and Bella Greenland. She recounts her memories of when the people from McPherson and the Arctic Red River would all travel to Aklavik; setting up their white tents along the sandbar. The elderly women would have berries and drymeat, and Ruth was told on many occasions not to bother the elders. Being something of a troublemaker was one of Ruth’s specialities. “I remember getting the strap at school, and running away so many times!” she exclaims.