Summer 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 3/4 NonfictionJuly 1, 2003 |

From “Where the Compass Pointed West”: A Chapter from the biography of Herbert Patrick Lee

A chapter from the biography of Herbert Patrick Lee     In 1921 the Canadian government decided to make firm its claim on the territories of the Far North against further encroachment from trading companies, both British and foreign, that were establishing posts and sending expeditions into the region. It was deemed "expedient" by the government to be represented there by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. To fulfill the charge of the government, in the summer of 1922 a small detachment of the force set sail from Quebec to establish outposts north of the Arctic Circle. Among its number was a young Englishman, Herbert Patrick Lee, who had immigrated to Canada shortly after the First World War, hoping, like so many others who had survived the trenches in Norther France, to make a new life in the New World. For two years he lived with a handful of fellow police on Ellesmere Island, accompanied only by a small group of Inuit who served as their mentors, and visited once a y

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