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Mulligan Remains Reburial
Posted 03 September 2008, 10:51 am NDT
In June 2004, skeletal remains eroded out of a sand bank on Mulligan Island, discovered by local resident, Hector Baikie. After a police investigation determined these remains were of an older origin, Sivunivut Corporation and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism of the Nunatsiavut Government agreed that DNA testing should be done on the bones to determine if these remains were those of an Inuit couple that had died of sickness in the early 1900's. After DNA samples were taken from known descendants of the Inuit couple that had died, it was determined that the samples were not a match and the remains were not those of the people in the story.

The remains were housed in Memorial University for a number of years until in August 2008, a ceremony was held to rebury the remains in the graveyard in Mulligan. A number of former residents of Mulligan were invited to attend the ceremony, as well as officials of the Nunatsiavut Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and Sivunivut Corporation.
 
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