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Okak, Labrador, pre-1919
Okak, Labrador, pre-1919.

The Spanish influenza reached Okak on 4 November 1918 after the SS Harmony arrived there with at least one infected crewmember onboard. Before the pandemic, Okak was the largest Inuit settlement on Labrador’s coast and one of its most prosperous. By January 1919, the influenza had killed 204 of Okak’s 263 residents and forced the community out of existence.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 22.03.001), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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