LIFE IN HOLMAN

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Satellite dish with mission in the background

Satellite dish with mission in the background. Satellites provide phone and television service to the community. Video still: Alex Poruchnyk, 2000.

Artist Flossie Papidluk at home with her granddaughters

Artist Flossie Papidluk at home with her granddaughters Shannon and Lillian Kanayok, 1987. Photo: John Paskievich. Courtesy Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (HI-38A87-3.)

Holman remained a fairly isolated community until 1977 when long distance telephone lines were installed. Single residential telephone lines are available and can accommodate fax transmission and modem connections. Because phone service is provided by satellite, a delay in transmission can occur, as is commonly found with radio phones. Television and radio service soon followed in 1980, giving Holman residents access to programming in both English and Inuktitut including broadcasts from IBC (Inuit Broadcasting Corporation) and Iqaluit-based CBC North.

Holman now has access to a wide range of technologies including the internet. The "Community Access Program" makes computers available both to the students at Helen Kalvak School and to the community at large. New video releases are available at the Northern and Co-op Stores, though somewhat later than in southern Canadian communities. The benefits of these technologies, however, have come at a price. Many residents feel that visiting and socializing has waned, with social activity sometimes being replaced by watching television. Young people have been even more dramatically affected as they have grown up with television and, since most programming is in English, Holman youths have gradually acquired many aspects of southern youth culture.

 

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