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Contents

Pages 1 to 4
Rediscovery of Hubbard's Rock

Pages 5 to 12
Picture Galley (place cursor on pictures to read captions)

Pages 13 to 18
Comments by Rudy Mauro on NL Studies papers, The Naming Compulsion and The Language of Faith and American Exceptionalism

         The hamlet of Coppermine, near the mouth of the great waterway of the same name, now a Canadian heritage river, used by Hearne and Franklin in the quest for the "polar sea", was one of two communities to vote against the division of the Northwest Territories in the plebiscite of 1982. If memory serves, some residents of the community were also opposed to the renaming of their settlement to Kugluktuk. Mauro seems to recall the impassioned plea of one resident who appealed to the media to help save Coppermine. His protests were in vain. Coppermine became the first town in Nunavut to adopt an Inuit name.
 
          The original Inuit spelling for Kugluktuk was Qurluqtuq, from the traditional language of the Inuinaqtun, meaning "place of moving water". The language was lost in the process of renaming the town to Kugluktuk, the official name derived from the Qablunaq language, meaning, "two startled people".
 
          A class discussion among Grade 7 students in 1998 at the Kugluktuk High School revealed that not many kids knew how the hamlet got its name. Some thought it was because the elders wanted an Inuinaqtun name, not a Qablunaq name like Coppermine, as the town was called before. One student thought the name may have come from a respected elder. None of the students knew what Kugluktuk meant, but most felt it was just a better name than Coppermine.     
 
          The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, to its credit, has not demonstrated any inclination to join the renaming movement. Storied place names such North West River and Goose Bay seem safe for the present. The government demonstrated good judgement, in 1977, when it supported the permanent marking of the site of the last camp of Leonidas Hubbard. In effect, it recognized that Hubbard and Wallace, and the meaningful names they attached to geographical features in central Labrador without any intended disrespect to unrecorded aboriginal identifications long lost in time, are irrevocably bound to Labrador. What would the map of Labrador be like without Hope Lake and Disappointment Lake? One can picture travelers, camped at the places they came from afar to savour, retracing, on their maps, the footsteps of Hubbard and Wallace, while not giving much thought to prehistoric wanderers who may have traversed the area over the ages.
 
          Two lakes named by Dillon Wallace on his 1913 exploration of the Beaver River, unrecognized on modern maps, provided an opportunity for Mauro to feel out the Geographical Names Board of Canada on the possible naming, on the map, of the last of Wallace's lakes, thus giving wilderness paddlers attempting an ascent of the Beaver in summer, something to strive for besides searching for Wallace's bronze tablet lost in the rapids in 1913. 

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