Expressing Identity

Hebron Family Archaeology Project

Research Team

Michelle Davies


This project celebrates the stories and the lived of experiences of Labrador Inuit from the relocated community of Hebron. The community endured a forced relocation in 1959, dispersing families across Labrador. The relocation had a major impact on all of Nunatsiavut as the displaced families tried to adjust to life in unfamiliar territory.

Former residents and their descendants will meet in community consultations with researchers to discuss the impact the relocation has had on their lives. The project will organize a trip during the summer for some of those former residents and descendants to return to Hebron, to share stories and help identify important heritage sites.

By including the Inuit-driven narrative of 20th-century life in Hebron both researchers and Nunatsiavummiut can enrich the archeological and archival record and better understand what was once a large part of Labrador Inuit Life. An outcome of this project will be a traveling exhibition on life in Hebron which will tour Nunatsiavut communities, coincident with the opening of the Illusuak Cultural Centre in Nain.