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Hometown Hero – Honouring Qapik Attagutsiak

20-01-27 10:15 - 12:00
Canadian Museum of History | Musée canadien de l'histoire
Address: 100, rue Laurier Street, Gatineau, Québec K1A 0M8

Parks Canada, together with the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Museum of History and the Inuit community, will honour Qapik Attagutsiak from Arctic Bay, Nunavut, who is turning 100 years young in 2020.

This Inuk Elder will be honoured as a Hometown Hero on behalf of all Inuit from her camp as well as various communities in the Canadian Arctic who collected and bagged animal bones and carcasses for shipping to rendering plants in southern Canada during the Second World War. These animal by-products were used to make cordite (a propellant used in munitions), aircraft glue and fertilizer. Parks Canada captured her oral history, which has never before been told. 


The event will feature a welcome to traditional lands, Inuit dancing and singing, military musicians, a video montage, interactive displays, 200 school children, as well as veterans of the Second World War. The Honouree is also expected to speak.


A reception will follow, with refreshments, finger foods and traditional Inuit “country food.’’


Please RSVP to no later than January 15, 2020.

Should you like to add a guest to accompany you, please indicate this when you RSVP.


Hometown Heroes

Launched in 2015 to support Government of Canada commemorations, Parks Canada’s Hometown Heroes is a community-based initiative that honours men and women, both military and civilian, who contributed to the cause of freedom during either or both of the World Wars. To date, more than 140 individuals have been recognized across the country.


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