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Assuituq National Park, near Broughton Island.

The melting of the sea ice near Broughton Island.

The Hudson’s Bay Company post

Lucatsie Nowdlak

"When Iqaluit started becoming more populated we tore the HBC post down. We were asked to dismantle the buildings and take them to Apex."
Chapter Six covers the move of the Hudson’s Bay Company post to Apex. Oolooriaq Ineak recalls that when he arrived in Iqaluit, the HBC manager came in winter to trade, but that he left right away after. Inuapik Saagiaqtuq remembers when the qallunaat left Iqalugaarjuit; that was when the Inuit started to move. She tells us that the HBC buildings that were at Iqalugaarjuit were moved to Apex. Akisu Joamie recalls James Ford, the HBC manager at Ward Inlet, who was his friend. Lucatsie Nowdlak and Jimmy Kilabuk also talk about the moving of the HBC buildings to Apex. Martha Tikivik says that the museum is in one of the old buildings that were moved to Iqaluit. Iqaluk Ipeelie remembers that the Inuit only went to Iqalugaarjuk once a year and that they offered to take the qallunaat in dog sleds. After the post was built at Apex, Iqaluk Ipeelie recalls that it sold meat or canned goods, but that no goods could be kept during the winter because there was no heated storage. At Iqalugaarjuit, the HBC did not sell those kinds of products. Josie Itiitiq recalls that there were more products for women after the HBC moved. Elijah Pudlu says that there were no houses at Apex when he arrived. His sister, Ooleepeeka Nooshoota, and he talk about hearing about the building of the bridge from their father, who was blind. Their sister was the only Inuk who worked for the HBC at Apex, and their family was the first one to settle there.