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How a community newsletter launched a newspaper tradition in Iqaluit – Nunatsiaq News

Feb 9, 2023

Inukshuk, started 50 years ago this week, was forerunner to Nunatsiaq News

When the first Inukshuk newsletter rolled off a Gestetner copy machine in 1973, it ushered in a new era of Inuit and other northerners getting to know each other, its first editor Ann Hanson says.

“That period was a very exciting time for all — for Inuit and non-Inuit — because we were learning so much about each other,” Hanson said in an interview from her home in Apex.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Inuit, who had been living on the land, started to move into settlements such as Frobisher Bay. Southerners were also starting to move to what would eventually become Iqaluit because of the growth in federal government jobs.

It’s why a group of volunteers launched Inukshuk, which they described as a “community experiment” to share their stories.

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