Depicts the wedding of Wilfred and Beatrice Shiwak. Many of the individuals in the wedding party are Inuit or Kablunângajuit (Inuit and European mixed ancestry from Nunatsiavut).
Wilfred Shiwak was the younger brother of Inuk WW1 soldier Lance Corporal John Shiwak of Rigolet, Newfoundland and Labrador. Sarah Suzanna Shiwak (second left from the groom) was their mother. Wilfred was a dog team driver who delivered mail and transported visitors such as ministers and doctors between Rigolet and Cartwright (a distance of approximately 110km) and between Rigolet and North West River (approximately 170km). Most notably, he travelled with Dr. Harry Paddon of the International Grenfell Association.
The woman who appears to be kneeling at the centre of the group is Kirkina Mucko (born Elizabeth Jeffries). When she was two years of age, she suffered severe frostbite and developed gangrene in both her legs. Due to lack of access to healthcare, her father had to amputate her legs below the knee using an axe. Dr. Wilfred Grenfell transferred her to an orphanage and raised funds for her to be fitted with artificial limbs. Jeffries travelled with Dr. Grenfell within the United States and Mexico, fundraising for the International Grenfell Association. She later went to school in New York and Mexico, then back to Labrador. Sometime during those early years, she was given the name Kirkina. She later married Adam Mucko and had children. After losing her husband and most of her children during the Spanish Influenza epidemic (varying reports note between three and six of her children died), she became a nurse and midwife, working for over 30 years in the Lake Melville area. There were a number of articles written about her, and numerous mentions of her in publications by the International Grenfell Association, many of which are in our library holdings.