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Atootoo, Cape Dorset
(Kinngait), 1929

Project Naming


The photographs in this database were digitized for Project Naming, a trilingual Web exhibition available in English, French and Inuktitut. The project is a collaborative effort between Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS), a college program based in Ottawa that serves Inuit Youth from Nunavut; the Government of Nunavut's Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (CLEY); and Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Since 2002, more than 4,000 photographs depicting the Inuit in various public and private collections held by LAC have been digitized and added to a database in the Project Naming website.

The goal of this project is the identification of Inuit portrayed in some of the photographic collections of 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.

Visit the virtual exhibition Project Naming.