Project Naming: Inuit Photo Identification Project at Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada – The collections depicting the people of Canada’s North consist of thousands of photographs dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century. However, very few Inuit in these images were identified at the time these photographs were taken. Nunavummiut have never had a chance to assist in identifying these individuals because the collections were located far from their communities and, prior to digitization, there was no means of easily transporting the photographs to Nunavut. The naming of these still anonymous people has become very time sensitive. Today’s Elders may be the last people able to identify these individuals from the past, whose names might otherwise remain lost forever.

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