Rosalie was born on the land at Sarvajuaq (north of Chesterfield Inlet) in 1938 to Victor Sammurtok and Leonie Igluligajuk. She was 12 when her father succumbed to polio. Victor was evacuated south for treatment and the family relocated to Chesterfield Inlet.

Rosalie came from a family of 10 siblings. Rosalie had been helping in the community for several years when in 1975 she found her niche. She began teaching Inuktitut to children in kindergarten. She enjoyed it immensely and has been teaching ever since with no plans to retire at age 71.

During this time Rosalie looked after her parents, up until they passed away. Rosalie never married and receiving no social assistance, has developed a strong, independent spirit.

She used to hunt and fish with one of her many nephews or with Leonard, her older bother. Her daughter, Donna, stated proudly, ‘My mother has taught me many things, such as how to sew clothes for all seasons but she has really taught me independence.’


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Rosalie Sammurtok
Inuit, Chesterfield Inlet
Image size: 12 x 14 inches
Edition size: 575