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This collection consists of photographs taken by Glen Kirk Sargent during his time posted at "G" Division, serving at Spence Bay (Taloyoak or Talurjuaq), Craig Harbour, Grise Fiord (Aujuittuq), and Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Nunavut from 1951-1958. The majority of the images focus on the building of RCMP detachment at Grise Fiord and closing the detachment at Craig Harbour. In 1956, the RCMP post moved from Craig Harbour to Grise Fiord and this move may be reflected in these images.

 

Inuit Special Constables (S/Cst.) and their wives and families are featured heavily in the images. Special focus is on S/Cst. Lazaroosie "Kayak" Kyak (1919-1976). He is also sometimes referred to as "Lazarus Kyak" in official documents. Other Inuit people pictured are: Letia Kyak (Lazaroosie Kyak's wife), Penny (Mary) Kyak (Kyak's daughter), Leah Kyak (Kyak's daughter), Lilly Kyak (Kyak's daughter), S/Cst. Johanasie Arreak, Angnakudlak, Panikpak. The other Caucasian RCMP officer pictured in this collection is Bob Pilot. He was a constable at Craig Harbour and Grise Fiord from 1955 to 1958. He may be the photographer of some of the images in the collection.

 

In 1922, the RCMP established a post at Craig Harbour, 55 kilometers west of Grise Fiord. In 1953, the Government of Canada announced plans to resettle Inuit from areas of dwindling food resources to the High Arctic where game and fur animals were reported in abundant supply. This relocation was intended to reinforce Canada's claim to the High Arctic. It remains highly controversial. To assist them, government trading stores were set up and operated under the supervision of the RCMP. In August of that year, seven families from the Inukjuak (Port Harrison) area in northern Quebec and three families from Pond Inlet (including Kyak’s family) were resettled in communities at Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island and at Grise Fiord, near the Craig Harbour police post on Ellesmere Island. They moved the relocatees to Grise Fiord, while the RCMP members stayed in Craig Harbour, where the detachment and store remained until 1956, when the officers also moved to the Grise Fiord site. This action was in part a precautionary rehabilitation measure so that the Inuit would not become too dependent on the detachment and store.

 

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