The Names on the Cairn

When I began researching this project, I struggled with which photos to post, which names to share. I didn’t want to re-traumatize anyone or be voyeuristic or trespass on someone’s experience. But in the past few days, northerners have been sending me messages asking if their loved one’s name is on the cairn. Even the Elders at the Kitikmeot Heritage Society in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut are apparently reading along and wanted to ask about some names.

I also noticed in my research that magazines like Inuktitut published in 1990 the names of Inuit buried in Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton, Ontario (Mountain Sanatorium used to operate there. According to this site, between 1958 and 1962, 1272 Inuit were treated there for tuberculosis).

So I will share this list with all of you, and hope that it helps to solve some mysteries and possibly, in the words of one woman who contacted me, provide closure.

The list in the archives was divided by the quadrant in the cemetery (or face of the cairn) but I have alphabetized them by first name. Hopefully this makes it easier to find your loved one. If you have any information to correct or add (spellings could be quite creative), please get in touch. If you would like to share any stories or photos about these people, I would be honoured to receive them.

*April 2016 update: I was told by some Elders from Cambridge Bay recently that many of the Inuit names are spelled incorrectly. We are working on creating a list of corrections/alternate spellings which will hopefully make it easier to track down names.*

Adam Toologak Spence Bay June 12 1961 17 M
Agnes Komeg Coppermine Jan 5 1953 4 F
Algeeak Cambridge Bay June 11 1953 35 F
Alice Angevrana Bathurst Inlet May 16 1955 55 F
Andre Crate July 4 1957 49 M
Anna Avivitok Cambridge Bay Nov 28 1962 32 F
Annie Moyah North Battleford, SK July 15 1953 12 months F
Annie Takpalok Gjoa Haven Sept 28 1962 22 days F
Anty Matomiak Cambridge Bay March 21 1957 2 months
Baby Dickson Whitehorse Jan 25 1959 Newborn F
Ben Ashatak Spence Bay May 12 1956 69 M
Bertha Stevens Yukon Feb 23 1952 21 F
Bessie (Betsy?) Blackjack Whitehorse Nov 9 1952 52 F
Bessie Kakagon Coppermine 04-May-58 44 F
Bessie Optiak Cambridge Bay April 28 1958 12 days F
Bessie Tithak Cambridge Bay Sept 19 1966 31 F
Bob Kadlum Cambridge Bay Feb 28 1965 5 M
Brian Wayne Gordon Inuvik May-65 3 months M
Clara Moses Whitehorse June 27 1950 14 F
Daniel Kangatok Cambridge Bay April 3 1950 4 M
Danny Johnny Pelly River Dec 21 1953 42 M
David McLeod Whitehorse June 5 1947 2 months M
Derrick Andrew Black Gleichen, AB July 23 1957 45 days M
Dolphus Stoney Alberta 29-May-48 19 M
Donald Isaac Alberta March 13 1947 46 M
Edith Betty Sudlavenick Resolute Bay Nov 29 1963 F
Eileen Jackson Whitehorse March 24 1964 48 F
Elizabeth Kodwat Whitehorse June 4 1961 31 F
Elmer Michael Oar Wabasca, AB August 7 1965 25 days M
Enok Egoona Gjoa Haven Feb 23 1953 50 M
Eva Napayok Coppermine Sept 21 1951 27 F
Foster Allen (Achuk) Aklavik Oct 29 1957 47 M
Hank Laboucan Oct 16 1960 8 months M
Hazel Charlie Carmacks July 10 1951 4 F
Ida Palugayak Cambridge Bay Nov 12 1958 37 F
Illinuk Cambridge Bay 29-Apr-55 74 M
Isaac Malla Arctic Bay July 1 1951 48
Isoarataik Qonak Spence Bay 23-Jul-61 4 M
Jackie Ehomatak Cambridge Bay July 22 1954 3 M
Jacob Kodlak Bathurst Inlet Jan 22 1966 52 M
Jacob Nipalayok Holman Island May 25 1960 51 M
Jacolyn Ehometak Cambridge Bay May 31 950 14 F
James Blake Ft. McPherson October 11 1950 25 F
James Jonathan Wood Dawson City Sept 16 1956 58 M
James Sam Alaluk May 24 1955 20 M
Jane Fredson Old Crow March 4 1951 25 F
Jane Kongotakok Cambridge Bay July 17 1960 1 month F
Jennie Haugoon Cambridge Bay July 12 1965 44 F
Joan Mikigok Coppermine June 24 1957 8 F
Joe Owen Yukon Jan 13 1949 17 M
John Dickie April 23 1954 34 M
John Johnson Mayo June 1 1951 72 M
John Kalinek Aklavik June 25 1959 18 M
John Lucas Mayo April 16 1958 15 M
John Smith Aklavik March 18 1964 72 M
John William Kunn Fort Norman July 7 1947 10 days M
Josie Papik Aklavik Jan 25 1961 53 M
Katahjook Spence Bay September 25 1959 37 M
Kidlak Resolute Bay Oct 6 1965 59 F
Kipomee Arctic Bay July 7 1966 5 M
Kitty Agoahiot Cambridge Bay Nov 6 1962 49 F
Koe (baby) Nov 26 1963 Newborn F
Lake Kadlut Cambridge Bay Feb 8 1957 22 M
Lena Naikak Bathurst Inlet May 29 1954 49 F
Marley Williams 10-Oct-60 M
Martha Kowata Bathurst Inlet Oct 26 1957 11 F
Mary Avakanna Coppermine April 9 1952 55 F
Mary Dickson Whitehorse Oct 21 1955 1 day F
Mary Shorty Yukon Dec 30 1951 26 F
Molly Bullcalf Alberta June 7 1956 35 F
Moses Hupok Coppermine Nov 8 1946 8 M
Nancy Eskagon Wabasca Feb 5 1951 18 F
Nina Poohana Cambridge Bay Feb 18 1955 63 F
Ootak Kakeeanook Spence Bay 02-May-60 37 F
Peter Kinmuik Cambridge Bay Dec 4 1961 43 M
Peter Kootahoo Thom Bay June 25 1961 Newborn M
Peter Sope Aklavik Aug 22 1964 51 M
Peter Talek Bathurst Inlet March 27 1961 59 M
Polly Hataweena Cambridge Bay 21-Apr-61 62 F
Pooakeeyoo Iwee Thom Bay Jan 15 1961 65 F
Ralph Carlick Cassiar Rd, BC Jan 7 1962 4 months M
Rebecca Ookpik Spence Bay June 28 1966 32 F
Ricky Don Nelson Kayotuk Reindeer Station July 8 1961 10 months M
Roland Ototagoklok June 9 1949 55 M
Sarah Jane Vanelti Aklavik Nov 28 1963 2 F
Susie Igeearahkjuak King William Island March 13 1957 36 F
Susie Oviluk Bathurst Inlet Nov-59 3 F
Terry Havagon Coppermine 28-Feb-60 1 M
Thunderspirit Wabasca, AB Dec 4 1958 Newborn F
Tom Nanitoak Arctic Sound April 25 1962 61 M
Tommy Analvik Coppermine Aug 15 1950 24 M
Tooglaoak Spence Bay Oct 11 1957 3 M
Wendell Melvin Tonka Ft. Simpson Sept 25 1960 1 month M
William Charlie Whitehorse July 27 1953 1 M
William Kamincook Coppermine June 7 1950 16 M
William Yellowknee Wabasca, AB March 5 1962 70 M
Willie Pamiadluk Head Island, NWT Oct 14 1961 54 M
Winnifred “Winnie” Anna Lyall Spence Bay March 31 1956 1 F
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One thought on “The Names on the Cairn

  1. Lucy-Anne Kay May 27, 2015 / 1:35 am

    Sarah Jane Vaneltsi 🙂 My mother’s maiden name. She’s not sure who’s child this is though…

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