Nick Sikkuark’s life has been one of change and diversity. He was born on May 21, 1943 at Garry Lake on the Black River system in the Keewatin. Orphaned early in life, he was “adopted” by the Oblate Fathers in Gjoa Haven at the age of twelve. In 1961 he was sent to a church school in Winnipeg and moved to Ottawa in 1963 to study for the ministry. After two years in Ottawa he reached a decision not to pursue a career with the church and returned to the North in 1965. During the next two years he travelled to Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay, working as a carpenter and serving as a Roman Catholic catechist.
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