Parks Canada works with communities in Nunavut to share knowlege about the Franklin story. Enjoy this sampling of photos from the past few years.
In June 2016, Parks Canada staff brought the Franklin story to Kullik Ilihakvik Elementary School in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Here, a boy tries on a dive mask from Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team.
During the Parks Canada program at the school in Cambridge Bay, children learned all about underwater archaeology and the 1845 Franklin Expedition. This miniature replica of the bell of HMS Erebus also gave them an opportunity to handle a 3D printed object.
Also at Kullik Ilihakvik Elementary School in Cambridge Bay, children view a photo of Canadian Rangers from Taloyoak who were involved in Parks Canada’s spring 2015 mission.
The special paper used to take notes underwater is always popular with young and old. And what a surprise to learn that the underwater archaeologists write on this paper with a regular lead pencil!
Also in June 2016, Parks Canada unveiled the Inuinnaqtun version of The Franklin Exploration micro-display at the airport in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The community had a small ceremony with qulliq lighting and drum dancing to mark the occasion.
In summer 2016, the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee, consisting of members from Nunavut and Parks Canada, visited the site of the wreck of HMS Erebus. This view taken from a helicopter travelling to the wreck site shows some of the many small islands in the area.
Louie Kamookak, historian and teacher from Gjoa Haven and a member of the advisory committee, explains that these stone tent rings, providing evidence of encampments, are common throughout Nunavut. They are a visual reminder that Inuit have lived in this area for 5,000 years. While the land may seem open and wild, many have walked here before!
Near the shore of an island, Parks Canada’s Research Vessel Investigator prepares to take members of the advisory committee for an unforgettable visit to the wreck site of HMS Erebus.
This was not the first time that Parks Canada and community members visited the wreck site together. In summer 2015, Inuk intern Theoran Kopak (steering), Ellen Bertrand of Parks Canada (right), Jacob Keanik, President of the Board of Directors of the Nattilik Heritage Centre (left) and Louie Kamookak, historian and teacher at Gjoa Haven (right) travelled to the wreck site for the first time. This visit was a very special one, and Louie performed a traditional blessing to honour his ancestors and the men of the Franklin Expedition who lost their lives in this region.