Nunavut (April 22, 2002) New technology
is making it possible for Elders and Youth in Nunavut to work together
to identify people in photos that have been stored for decades in
The National Archives of Canada holds
thousands of images of the North. Few of the Inuit that appear in
these photographs are named. Now, digitization and a laptop computer
have allowed Nunavummiut to begin to identify these individuals.
Called Project Naming, the activity is being undertaken because
today's Elders may be the last people able to identify the people
in these photos.
The National Archives recently digitized
73 images from the Igloolik area that were taken by professional
photographer Richard Harrington in 1951-52. These photos were put
on a CD, and a young woman from Igloolik, Sheba Awa, went door-to-door
visiting Elders and showing them the photos using a laptop computer.
Of the 73 photos from Igloolik, Elders
were able to identify people in 58 of them (78%). This information
has been relayed back to the National Archives where it will be
available online along with the photos.
results of the demonstration phase of Project Naming will be unveiled
in the Library of the Nunavut Legislature on Monday, April 22, 2002,
at 3:00 p.m.
"This project will provide us with
the tools required to literally put names to the faces of our Inuit
past," said Jack Anawak, Minister of Culture, Language, Elders
and Youth. "Preserving our past requires us to know who came
before. Using the knowledge of people who are still with us will
ensure this is done before today's Elders are gone. I am proud that
the Department has been able to contribute to such a worthy project."
The project is a partnership between the
Department of Culture, Languages, Elders and Youth (CLEY) in the
Government of Nunavut, the Nunavut Sivuniksavut training program
in Ottawa, and the National Archives of Canada. CLEY provided the
funding for a pilot project which was conducted in Igloolik from
October 2001 to March 2002. Nunavut Sivuniksavut acted as project
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