R. v. Kikkik - April 1958


  Ootuk murders Hallow, Kikkik's husband.(First of 3 carvings)

The account of these events, which took place in the winter of 1958, come from Kikkik’s report to the RCMP through an interpreter (Eber)

Ootuk, Kikkik’s brother-in-law, had come by their camp to talk with Kikkik’s husband, Hallow. Hallow went fishing and shortly after Ootuk followed and shot Hallow while he fished (Carving 1). When Ootuk returned, Kikkik discovered what happened, and they struggled. Kikkik was able to over-power the weak and cold Ootuk and stabbed him with a knife (Carving 2). She packed up her family and the little supplies they had left, and met up with Hallow’s brother, Yahah. Together they started the 40-mile trek to the trading post at Padlei. Slowed by her 5 children, Kikkik fell behind. Once they caught up to Yahah’s camp, he suggested that Kikkik and her family wait there while he traveled on. They waited 5 days with no food. She then headed off to Padlei, dragging her children on a piece of caribou hide. After the first night, Kikkik left two of her children in their make-shift igloo (Carving 3) and took the other three, one of them a baby she carried on her back, with her as she continued on. In the meantime, news had reached the RCMP post at Arviat and a search went out for Kikkik. On the eighth day of her trek, Kikkik was found with the three children. She told the RCMP she had left the other two for dead. When the snow house was found, one of the children had died of exposure and starvation.

Kikkik was charged with murder, abandoning one child and criminal negligence in respect to the one child who died. At the trial held in Rankin Inlet, she was found not guilty in each case.

The first carving depicts Ootuk shooting his brother-in-law, Hallow, while he fished.