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David Serkoak

Inuit Elder

David Serkoak

I was born in northern tip of Nueltin Lake, NU southwest of Arviat, just north of Manitoba border but my family lived in Ennadai Lake, until late 1950s. Between 1949 and 1959, Federal Gov’t move us numerous times by “forced” where we end up at the west coast of Hudson Bay, hundred of miles away. David attended Federal Day School(s) in Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove in early 60s. Finally in 1969, my family moved back to Arviat on their own will and settled. David only had elementary school education, in early 70s he was at general grade 10 level through, mostly self taught. By 1978, he graduated from Teacher Education Program in Fort Smith, NWT., in 2008, he retired from Gov’t of Nunavut and moved to Ottawa to teach at Nunavut Sivuniksavut until 2012. Now full-time retiree, David spends his time teaching his 6 grandkids of drum dancing, drum making and hunting. David still travels to promote Inuit history and culture awareness across the country and beyond.

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