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Joamie School

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We do not get to experience the North the same way the people who live there do. The way they live, the cost of living, the environment and the cultures. It is important for us to hear about the North and discover it.

Joamie was a man who played an important role in establishing the community of Iqaluit. In 1940, the American Armed Forces came to set up a base of operations for the World War II effort. Joamie thought Iqaluit was the best place for a base. Originally, the base and town was called Frobisher Bay, but later became known as Iqaluit. Shortly after the base was created, the Hudson's Bay Company wanted to relocate to Iqaluit. Joamie helped them move.

Joamie was a respected and kind man, who felt it was his responsibility to provide meat for widows and the needy. His cooperation and exploration in the early days resulted in the foundation of our community. Joamie School is named in his honor.

The above article has been slightly modified from the Joamie School Web Site, the content of which is developed completely by students. In February 1996, when they began this project, Joamie School was the only school in the Baffin Region to have a web site.

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