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Honour­ing Inuit women. The DIY squadron. Moved by Abo­rig­i­nal story. Mar­garine de­bate. Un­com­fort­able truth. The miss­ing Mrs.

Thank you for re­fram­ing the Cana­dian Arc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion [“For­got­ten Ex­plor­ers,” De­cem­ber 2015-Jan­uary 2016] in terms of the Inuit sup­port that made it pos­si­ble. Only pass­ing ref­er­ence is made, how­ever, to the role of women, which extended far beyond that of seam­stresses.

That be­ing said, your men­tion of Vil­h­jal­mur Ste­fans­son’s Inuit wife, Pan­ni­ga­bluk, re­minded me of her grand­daugh­ter Georgina Ste­fans­son, who was a fel­low stu­dent in my Grade 8 class in res­i­den­tial school in Inu­vik. She was al­ways proud of her name. I read all her grand­fa­ther’s books look­ing for men­tion of his Inuit wife or his son Alex but never found any. Even so, Ste­fans­son did not re­marry un­til af­ter Pan­ni­ga­bluk died. In re­cent years, Georgina’s Ice­landic rel­a­tives have wel­comed her as part of the fam­ily. So, as was the in­tent of this ar­ti­cle, his­tory can heal it­self over time.

John Ri­ley Mono, On­tario

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