The Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic - From Ancient Times to 1902

... To 1902 - Missionaries

More missionaries arrived on the heels of the whalers, mainly Anglicans this time, and ultimately more successful in their endeavours than Petitot and Bompas had been a generation earlier.

In 1892 the Rev. Stringer began visiting Kittigazuit on a regular basis, and beginning two years later he and his successor, Charles Whittaker, established permanent missions at Kittigazuit, Herschel Island, Shingle Point, and other locations.

The teachings of the missionaries soon had a profound effect on native belief systems, and by 1898 Stringer had a congregation of twenty to thirty people at Herschel Island. The first baptism, however, did not take place until 1909.

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