John Jamieson

Recipient of the 2002 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History

June 3, 2010

Nuiyak School, Sanikiluaq (Nunavut)

John Jamieson connects his students with their Inuit culture through archaeology, elders, art and entrepreneurship. Over 160 Inuit artifacts dating back 3,000 years are duplicated in his school and include fishskin dolls, model kayaks, and hunting tools. John established a picture frame shop where students assemble relief soapstone carvings bought from local artists. The carvings transmit cultural knowledge and have resulted in a new art form. John established a FM radio station, and a dedicated television channel, which are transmitting cultural knowledge to every home in the community.