Explore our History/ discover Historical Articles & Resources

Discover Historical articles of the early Whalers, R.N.W.M.P., the Hudson’s Bay Company Ltd., or R.C. Mission, and the Grey Nun’s of Nicolet, Quebec of Ste. Therese’s Hospital etc.


  1. History of the Canadian Coast Guard and Marine Services by Thomas E. Appleton
  2. Photo of a had drawn map of Chesterfield Inlet by Frank Davies circa 1932-33, or thereabouts
  3. Two articles from about Fur Trader, Herbert H. Hall entitled “On Furlough From The Arctic” and Goliath Of The Wilderness
  4. An Elders Story – Leonie Sammurtok and Mary Nuvak; Leonie Sammurtok has lived in Chesterfield Inlet from the beginning. She has been called “Grandmother of Chesterfield Inlet.” Although her precise age is unknown, Leonie Sammurtok is either mother, grandmother, or great grandmother to more than half the people in this hamlet on the western coast of Hudson Bay. Read her story reported by David F. Pelly
  5. View an archived file in Adobe® PDF format from the Hudson’s Bay Company Ltd. giving company historical information on Chesterfield Inlet
  6. Read more Historical Information on Chesterfield Inlet, the only Arctic community that has survived at one location for more than 80 years
  7. Chesterfield Inlet Historical Time Line as it appears on our Town Mural
  8. Historical Time Line of Chesterfield Inlet
  9. Brief history of Captain George Comer who visited the area between 1875-1919
  10. Mr. Douglas sailed into the Arctic in 1916, and served there for 17 years, first with the RNWMP and then with the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1919, he came down to Chesterfield Inlet to meet the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship, Nascopie. Read his account of The Wreck of the ‘FINBACK’
  11. View the history of whaling (1860-1915) on the Hudson Bay coast by way of a recently produced map detailing whaling activities during this time
  12. Rights of United States Fishermen Hudson’s Bay – Canadian Government Sends a Revenue Cruiser to Collect Duties on Outfits of Whalers from This Country – Claim That the Bay is a Closed Sea
  13. The National Museum of the American Indian
  14. Read information about excavation work that was conducted by the Explorers of the Danish Fifth Thule Expedition 1923-1927 in Chesterfield Inlet
  15. The Grey Nuns, Health Services & Education, Churchill Hudson Bay Diocese, 1931-1988
  16. Chesterfield Inlet Stories from the Journals of Don McLauchlan, 1937-1949
  17. Mercy Mission, late 1940s
  18. Chesterfield Inlet, N.W.T. Roman Catholic Participation in Education of the Central Arctic Inuit, Turquetil Hall 1955-1969 (Part One), or Turquetil Hall 1955-1969 (Part Two)
  19. The Qatiktalik (Fullerton Harbour) Photo Narrative Project, Glenbow Museum, Alberta
  20. Northwest Explorer, “Chesterfield Inlet – the original Keewatin settlement” by David F. Pelly, Spring, 1987
  21. The Grey’s Nun’s, Ste. Therese’s Hospital, Chesterfield Inlet, Nunatsiaq News, Oct., 1999
  22. Explorer’s Cache of Artifacts Illuminates His Life With the Inuit, The New York Times, June, 2008
  23. Research article of the R.N.W.M.P, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut News/North, December, 2012
  24. Historic Collections of Inuit models & miniatures 1890 – 1910, Astrid Knight, PhD Candidate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK, April, 2013
  25. The Guardian – The white frontier: Inuit life in 1900s Canada – in pictures, February 15, 2017
  26. Mystic Seaport Museum – Resource for Educators
  27. Rasmussen’s Fifth Thule Expedition: to Chesterfield Inlet and Baker Lake, Sept. 18, 2021
  28. Eskimo Drawing, Cape Fullerton in Winter, The American Museum of Natural History
  29. FINDING AIDS, New Bedford Whaling Museum
  30. The Heritage Rivers
  31. Whaling History – Connecting All Things Whaling