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Inuit

Inuit loading their belongings onto sleds before leaving the igloo village, Coronation Gulf, Northwest Territories,1931 Photographer: Richard S. Finnie PA-101188

Source

Inuit loading their belongings onto sleds before
leaving the igloo village, Coronation Gulf,
Northwest Territories, 1931.
Photographer: Richard S. Finnie.
Library and Archives Canada,
PA-101188.

The Inuit are aboriginal people of Arctic Canada. The federal government did not exercise its constitutional responsibilities for the Inuit until the courts ruled in 1939 that "Eskimos" fell within the definition of Indians as written in the Constitution. Records in the Northern Affairs Program sous-fonds (RG 85) may be useful for genealogy research. A search in the ARCHIVED - Government of Canada Files database can be done using the keywords "Eskimo$" or "Inuit$" or the name of a person or a place.

The goal of the website Project Naming is the identification of Inuit portrayed in some of the photographic collections of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa. It is an ongoing initiative, which enables Nunavut youth to connect with Elders and to better understand their past. It also helps to bridge the cultural differences and geographical distances between Nunavut and the more southern parts of Canada.

 

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