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This year is a special anniversary in Kugluktuk's efforts to promote emotional health and well-being; 2013 marks 10-years of Sam Kikpak's legacy for helping people in Kugluktuk to independently reflect on their personal growth. In 2003 the Kugluktuk Radio Society (KRS) finished restoring the last known, near complete collection of "Green Book" hymns, and launched the 'Hymn Hour' radio show.
Up until 2002, many local recordings of any kind were preserved on a few cassette tapes located here, there and anywhere. Sam wanted easy access and mass promotion of the hymns. The hymns were recorded by the Anglican Mission sometime between 1951 and 1969 with the Reverend John 'Jack' Sperry and his wife Betty (Maclaren).
By 2002, Sam had the last known set of the hymns. Sam was concerned that fewer people were reading the Inuktitut version of the Green Book, and that attendance at the local churches was in decline. At the time, Sam was the Deacon in Charge at Saint Andrew's Anglican Church.
Sam's wish was to make the hymns available to everyone, to let people enjoy the hymns during the quiet of the morning with the day's first cup of tea.
Hymn Hour became first locally produced radio program in Kugluktuk. The show stands as the longest lasting radio show in Kugluktuk since volunteer, community-based radio began in the mid-1980s. Mike Webster volunteered with KRS for nearly 2 full years to design and complete the project from 2002 to 2003.
Since then, there have been over 4000 hours of Hymn Hour, airing regularly when Kugluktuk elders most wanted to hear the show at 6 am, 7 days a week (and at 2pm - 3 pm on Sundays). A decade later, the show remains popular among all ages.
We are pleased to renew this project to commemorate Sam and Lena's wish to promote self-care, and to make the hymns as widely available as possible. By marking the 10th anniversary of this project, Healthy Kugluktuk hopes you enjoy the hymns during the quiet of the morning and, perhaps, with your day's first cup of tea.
Joseph Niptanatiak, President Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk
The Complete Collection of nearly all 200 'Sperry' hymns is made up of 3 album sets: Hymns for all Seasons, Hymns for the Soul and Hymns for Every Day. Each album, or the Complete Collection with bonus hymns and readings by Sam, is available to purchase by clicking on the 'Add to Cart' icon under the album you wish.
Please allow that these recordings have been digitized from 30 to 40 year-old cassette recordings. Every effort has been made to improve sound quality. Any p roceeds from the sale of the hymns will go to the local churches in Kugluktuk, hopefully a scholarship in Sam & Lena's name (if enough funds are raised), as well as to the radio society and website costs.
Click below for a free sample listen of the Hymns and Prayer Readings
Inuktitut Hymns in the Copper Inuit dialect, sung by Reverend “Jack” Sperry (seen in the photo to the right) released with courtesy of and permission from St. Andrew’s Church, Kugluktuk, Nunavut. All digitized recordings under copyright: Kugluktuk Radio Society.
A lot of people in our world today are searching for “The Secret” to bring peace into their busy and troubled lives. Others have found a way to strengthen their daily life with a peaceful calm, by singing or listening to hymns of praise and worship to Almighty God. I am one of these people.
As a child my parents would play hymns on the stereo such as Jim Reeves singing "It Is No Secret What God Can Do”. This is the testimony of many in people in Kugluktuk who have listened to the 'Hymn Hour' radio show for the past ten years. I wish to thank the Kugluktuk Radio Society (KRS) for airing these hymns from our Green Worship Book and for designing this website so that others may now download these hymns for their own quiet times and reflection.
Rt. Rev. David W Parsons Bishop of the Arctic
Hymn Hour is a popular radio show. It is a pleasure to hear from people that they continue to enjoy hearing Sam, Lena, Jack Sperry and others most every morning since 2003.
The Kugluktuk Radio Society is praised for having tirelessly volunteered for 2 years to work on our 30 to 40 year old tape-recordings of the hymns. Computerizing, improving and broadcasting the hymns proved a great offer. The Society's goodwill and selfless community spirit has given St. Andrews a remarkable solution for promoting quiet time and reflection.
As part of the 10-year anniversary with the Hymn Hour, and on behalf of St. Andrews, I look forward to the hymns being made available for people anywhere to purchase from the Healthy Kugluktuk website. This too helps promote Copper Inuit history, culture and language.
God bless, Jack Ayaligak, Leader, St. Andrew's Church, Kugluktuk
I still notice people listening to the Sunday afternoon show when I go visiting. They don't make a big mention of the show anymore, they just enjoy it; it's part of their day.
Doris Elatiak, Interpreter
The morning is a quiet time, it's a special time I use just for me – it's my time before most people are awake. I help a lot of people and quiet time is important to make myself feel good inside. The Hymn Hour helps me to enjoy my tea and think about my life. It's a peaceful time that helps me relax with some of my more creative thoughts.
Don Ayalik, Hunter
Alice and Don Ayalik reviewing production edits of the hymns. Many of the final edits were done wherever it was most convenient for elders; sometimes out on the land while picking berries. Photo Credit: David Ho and KRS.
Watch a Social History video spanning from 1890 to present; it explores the rapid changes that are taking place in and around Kugluktuk. There is some discussion about reconciling the past, present and a hopeful future.
Kugluktuk’s Adopted Son, John “Jack” Sperry and others talk about the changes in Kugluktuk during his visit for the 80 th anniversary of the establishment of a settlement at the Coppermine River.
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