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Remembering Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak

Louie Kamookak, a respected Inuit oral historian and Honorary Vice-President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, died Thursday, March 22 in hospital in Yellowknife.

Born in 1959 at a seal-hunting camp on the Boothia Peninsula near modern-day Taloyoak, Kamookak dedicated his adult life to working with youth in his hometown of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, where he was a school teacher and more recently an Elder, preserving and passing on traditional Inuit knowledge, and — perhaps most famously — spending countless hours on the land searching for the lost John Franklin expedition. His knowledge of the King William Island region and of traditional Inuit accounts about the end of the 1845 expedition and its captain and crews aided in the discovery of the shipwrecks, particularly leading up to Parks Canada’s 2014 discovery of HMS Erebus.

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