Photos show rich aboriginal life and culture

16 avril 2015
by Lynn Desjardins
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Mosha and Joshua Akavak hunt walrus in Nunavut in 1998. Newbury recently bequeathed his 3,500-plus photo collection to the Nunavut territorial government. 
Photo Credit: Nick Newbery

Most Canadians do not visit the country’s northern territories very much, but a new collection of photos of Nunavut has been posted online gives them a glimpse of Inuit life and culture there. They show things like walrus hunts, community feasts, polar bear cubs and visiting prime ministers.

Undated photo from a dog team trip Newbery took with an outfitter to Qaumaarviit Territorial Park near Iqaluit. This photo was used on the cover of Newbery’s first book about Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. © Nick Newbery

‘Just someone who had a camera’

Nick Newbery went to Nunavut to teach from 1976 to 2005. He travelled all over the territory and snapped thousands of pictures as he went.  Newbery, who says he is not a photographer, but just “someone who had a camera,” has donated the collection to the Nunavut as a way of saying thank you.

​ »White people don’t exactly have a clean record in the world of photography up here, » Newbery says, referring to what he calls the « propaganda » used by missionaries, merchants and politicians over the years.

Rather what he was trying to do was to document “rather than… to interpret or create a message. »



Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lynn has dedicated her working life to journalism. After decades in the field, she still believes journalism to be a pillar of democracy and she remains committed to telling stories she believes are important or interesting.
Lynn loves Canada and embraces all seasons: skiing, skating, and sledding in winter, hiking, swimming and playing tennis in summer and running all the time. She is a voracious consumer of Canadian literature, public radio programs and classical music. Family and friends are most important. Good and unusual foods are fun. She travels when possible and enjoys the wilderness.

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