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Nunavut Catholics mark 100th anniversary

Catholic parishioners from all over Nunavut are gathering in Rankin Inlet for their annual meeting, and to celebrate the church's 100th anniversary in the region.

First Eastern Arctic mission founded in Chesterfield Inlet in 1912

Catholic parishioners from all over Nunavut are gathering in Rankin Inlet for their annual meeting, and to celebrate the church’s 100th anniversary in the region.

About 70 delegates are attending the meetings, which will go on for 12 days.

Bishop Reynald Rouleau of the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, which includes parishes in Nunavut and Churchill, Man., said they will talk about issues such as establishing more churches and how to strengthen the Catholic faith.

"On Sunday all the delegates are invited to come to Chesterfield [Inlet] and we will celebrate the centennial in a special way, but after that, every community will celebrate the centennial," he said.

Several charters are scheduled to take the delegates to Chesterfield Inlet on July 29. The first Catholic mission in the Eastern Arctic was established there in September 1912.

Chesterfield Inlet was also home to Catholic-run Sir Joseph Bernier Federal Day School and its residence,Turquetil Hall, whose former students have spoken of being physically and sexually abused.

Earlier this year, Rouleau said the church was consulting with people in Nunavut on whether anniversary celebrations would be appropriate.