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    Field Trip for Franklin Expedition Inuit Oral History Project

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Project descriptionThis project will document Inuit Oral Histories of the 1845 Franklin expedition, specifically of theshipwreck sites of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. It will involve a close collaboration with communitymembers in Gjoa Haven, Ugjulik and Terror Bay Nunavut, as well as the Nattilik Heritage Centre in GjoaHaven. The project will provide Inuit Elders with the opportunity to share, with the Canadian public, theirknowledge not only about the expedition, but also the traditional uses of the natural setting of the wrecksand surrounding areas, which will demonstrate to the Canadian public that these shipwrecks are part ofInuit Homelands. It also provides Inuit youth and adults alike with the opportunity to build skills that willenable them to collect and present Oral Histories in their own communities.MethodologyThe project involves several Oral History interviews with Inuit knowledge holders to gather their expertiseon the Franklin expedition, the lost ships, the shipwreck sites, and the land and water where theshipwrecks are located. Up to seven individuals from Gjoa Haven and neighbouring communities will beinterviewed specifically about Franklin and the lost ships; and up to 20 in Ugjulik and Terror Bay about thehistory of those regions, including living, travel, hunting, trapping, fishing, and encounters with explorers.Participants will be interviewed in‐person (face‐to‐face) in the language of their choice by both Inuit andnon‐Inuit interviewers.A field trip to the Terror Bay area, involving Inuit youth and Elders as well as research team members, willtake place as part of this project.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening started 2018-06-26
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-07-04
  • Commenting period 2018-07-16
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2018-07-17
  • Board voting 2018-08-07
  • Extention to Screening Deadline requested 2018-08-03
  • Board voting 2018-08-08
  • SDR Issued 2018-08-09
  • NOI Issued 2018-08-09
  • Application screening completed 2018-08-09
  • Minister Response Received 2018-09-05
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