In September we were excited to travel to Nunavut to screen and give presentations on the Far Fur Country project. The highlight was traveling to Kimmirut, formerly Lake Harbour where the HBC had filmed extensive scenes in 1919 for the Romance of the Far Fur Country. It was amazing to see the contrasts between what we’d seen in the footage, and how the community has grown and changed over the decades. A happy coincidence while we were in Kimmirut, the yearly sea lift arrived, bringing a shipment by barge from a cargo ship off shore, a great contrast to the archival footage of the arrival of the Nascopie to Lake Harbour in 1919.
The contrasting views of Kimmirut in 1919 and 2012:
Other screening locations last month included Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Flin Flon and Toronto. The response was excellent.
Special thanks to Nunavut Film Development Corporation for supporting the Iqaluit screening; the Hamlet of Kimmirut for supporting our screening at their Akavak Centre; the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the Arctic Research Cluster for supporting the York University event; and thanks also to Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs & the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives/Archives of Manitoba for supporting events in Rankin Inlet and Flin Flon.