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New website honours Inuit families


Martha Flaherty, Larry Audlaluk, Rynee Flaherty, Mary Flaherty with the monument in Grise Fiord.

Iqqaumavara — I remember — is a series of new web-based documentaries about the history of the many Inuit families who were relocated by the Canadian government in the 1950s from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord. Monuments to these families have been erected over the years in Inukjuak, Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay.

As a way to acknowledge the suffering of these families, Makivik Corp. and the National Film Board of Canada have spent the last three years producing a trilingual website to honour the relocatees. The website includes 17 hours of unreleased material on the resettlement of Quebec Inuit to the High Arctic and 12 short films, including interviews with Inuit families affected by the relocations. The website also hosts more than 300 photos and other archival material.