Athabasca Archives

Archives Unleashed 2007 Virtual Exhibit

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Harvey Cull Collection.

In 1907 the Canadian government shipped 300 Norwegian reindeer to Newfoundland, hoping that a herd in Labrador would help feed the Inuit. Fifty of these reindeer were shipped to the North West Territories as the caribou was thought to be on the verge of extinction. They travelled via ship, train and wagon to Athabasca Landing where 42 survivors were loaded onto barges for the 500 mile trip to Fort Smith on Sept. 11, 1907. By the summer of 1914 only one reindeer was alive. The $62,000.00 experiment ended with the herder enjoying a high-priced meal.

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