February 1, 2011
McNally Robinson: Gloria M. Hunter-Alcock
Gloria M. Hunter-Alcock will be launching her book Nurse at the Top of the World
at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park in the Atrium, 1120 Grant Ave
on Saturday February 5, at 2:00 pm.
Gloria M. Hunter-Alcock was schooled in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Following a variety of careers across Canada, she traveled to England and Scotland in 1961 to gain the training in nursing and midwifery that would allow her to look after the Eskimo people.
In 1965, she returned to Canada, spending two years at the Nursing Station in Tuktoyaktuk, NT and opening the first Nursing Station in Resolute Bay in 1969. Over the next twenty-two years, Gloria served as Director of Public Health Nurses for Northwestern Health Unit.
The stories in this book took place more than forty years ago. Before Anik satellite, when Iqaluit was Frobisher Bay, Inuit were Eskimo and there was still the division between Eastern and Western Arctic. The law had just been changed to allow for birth control teaching and Ampicillan had just come on the market.
The Aboriginal people had no Diabetes, the cold war was still raging and man had not yet walked on the moon.
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