Unidentified Inuk woman with children, ca. 1920
The Newfoundland and Labrador government had little formal contact with the Inuit people before the 20th century. Unlike many Canadian regions, trade between Aboriginal peoples and European settlers at Labrador did not evolve to the extent that it required formal legislation or significant government involvement. Moreover, Labrador was far removed from the centre of political activity at St. Johnís and providing services to its small scattered population would have been both difficult and costly for government officials.
Photographer unknown. Reproduced by the permission of the Maritime History Archive (PF-323.057), Memorial University, St. John's, NL.