Photographs of Clyde River 1997-1998

=== by Bob Sutherland ===

When I taught in Clyde River the Northwest Territories was being split in half. The new territory of Nunavut was forming with Iqaluit as its capital. This was a multiyear process as it meant a complete reorganization of all of the government departments and agencies. The former Northwest Territories had seven autonomous regions. The main transportation and communication links had run north-south between the regions and southern cities. Now three of those regions were forming the new territory of Nunavut. The community of Clyde River in the Baffin Island region would be included in the new territory of Nunavut.

The thinking of officials in the federal government at that time was that at least ten percent of the population would need to be educated for the new territory to be successful. I was hired by Nunavut Arctic College to teach adults in a portable classroom in Clyde River. My employer hoped that I could find, recruit and help prepare members of the local community for further education and leadership roles in government, business and community organizations.

The following are video slideshows displaying my collection of photographs from my year of teaching in Clyde River.

These are silent videos. I did not record any sound. All videos will start with the same short introduction before you see the photographs.

Summer Photos

These are outdoor photographs I took while walking around the community. The photographs were taken in August, September and possibly October. This was summer in Clyde River as most of the ice and snow from the previous winter had finally melted. The climate was cold enough that we experienced some snow storms including 23 centimetres (9 inches) of snow on September 1. I do not think I spent a day in Clyde River that I did not see ice and snow someplace within view outside as I walked around the community.

Winter Photos

These are outdoor photographs I took at various times between October and the end of May. Sometimes it was so cold outside that I could only stay outside for a couple of minutes before the shutter mechanism of my camera would freeze and jam as I tried to take photographs.

Snowmobile Photos

Here are a few photographs taken by one of my teaching colleagues. She had a small point and shoot camera that she kept warm in her coat pocket while riding around the countryside one day on a snowmobile.

People and panoramic photos

Here are some photographs of people taken inside the Nunavut Arctic College portable. I have also included some panoramic photos of the community.