Baker Lake students open time capsule

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Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) in Baker Lake recently revelled in looking through items stashed away a decade ago.

Rachel Tagoona-Tapatai, left, and Rhoda Parker with their Grade 2 class photo. Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake opened their 10-year-old time capsule on April 10.
photo courtesy of the Department of Education

The youth opened a 10-year-old time capsule that was created during the JASS graduation ceremony in 2009. Students who were in Grade 2 in 2009 took part in opening the time capsule in the school gym on April 10, and the community was invited to observe.

Among the items in the box were rubber boots, a CD full of pictures and a grad’s graduation jacket. There were also class pictures and student memoirs.

From left, Brianna Piryuaq, Rhoda Parker and Rachel Tagoona-Tapatai were in Grade 2 when the time capsule was sealed. photo courtesy of the Department of Education

“After everything was taken out, we laid them out on tables in the school atrium for display. The community will be able to go see them until the end of April,” said Kimberly Aqigaaq, a member of the JASS student council.

Principal Chris Snow told the audience that it’s important to reflect on Nunavut’s 20 years as a territory and where Nunavummiut are going in the future.

JASS students and staff are hoping to refill the time capsule and put it back in its spot in the school’s main office for another 10 years.

Boots and other artifacts from the time capsule. photo courtesy of the Department of Education
Winnie Tapatai reads the inscription on the time capsule. Also pictured are Carla-Rose Kayaak, Rhoda Perkinson, Bill Cooper and Rachel Tagoona-Tapatai. photo courtesy of the Department of Education
A close up of the time capsule plaque.
From left, Jeannie Kalluk, Remi Ukpatiku and Patterk Kablutsiaq go over the contents of the time capsule. photo courtesy of the Department of Education