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Histoire de notre coopérative / ᑯᐊᐸᑦᑕ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᕕᓂᖓ / Our Co-op History where it was off loaded. Since it was imperative to have accommodation for the Ennadai Lake and Garry Lake people when they were brought from their homeland, it was decided to use the materials, which had been delivered, to Rankin Inlet, to create a temporary community in an area close to the Rankin Settlement. With the help of the mining company administration and staff the new community was begun and was completed before the end of the year. Prior to my agreeing to assume responsibility for overseeing this project I had asked for and received assurances that I would be allocated two assistants. I chose two Inuit from Puvirnituq, Tamusi Qumak and Daniel Qumaluk. After their arrival with their families we began the task of assisting the new residents in adapting to an economy based on sea mammals rather than on caribou. Daniel began a program to teach the inland people new hunting techniques, and to use the local soapstone for the creation of sculpture. Tamusi took over the training of retail store workers, Tamusi’s and Daniel’s wives gave training in the use of sealskin and imported fabrics and my wife Lucille managed the day school that had been set up for the children. Early in 1959 a decision was made in Ottawa, that the temporary camp would become a permanent solution to problems of this group and that they should become absorbed into the general population which depended on the mine for their income. I decided that I was no longer needed so returned to Ottawa with my family leaving Daniel and Tamusi to provide what help they could. They stayed there until the Ennadai and Garry lake people moved to Whale Cove. Tamusi Qumak et Lizzie Qumaluk Nowyakadlak à Puvirnituq, 1963 ᑖᒧᓯ ᖁᒪᕐᓗ ᓕᓯ ᖁᒫᓗᒃ ᓇᐅᔭᑲᓪᓚᓗ ᐳᕕᕐᓂᑐᕐᒥ 1963 Tamusi Qumak and Lizzie Qumaluk Nowyakadlak in Puvirnituq, 1963 12