Jun 19, 2009
CBC North – Nunavut’s environment minister says he’s open to an MLA’s proposal to get the Back River added to Canada’s official list of heritage rivers. The Back River was long home to Inuit hunters who settled in the modern hamlets of Baker Lake and Gjoa Haven, Baker Lake MLA Moses Aupaluktuk told the territorial legislature on Wednesday. “The Back River as well too has some historic importance to, I guess, the sovereignty of Canada,” Aupaluktuk told the assembly. In 1834, British explorer George Back found the headwaters of the river at the top of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. He followed the river for more than 1,000 kilometres to its end at Chantrey Inlet. Aupaluktuk also noted that the late great Inuit artist Jessie Oonark called the Back River home.