of the agreement for the sale of the Canalaska Trading Company in
1936, the Hudson’s Bay Company was to continue supplying Angulalik’s
Perry River Post. This relationship was continued up until Angulalik’s
operations were sold to the HBC in 1957.
Even with Angulalik’s
lack of English, the HBC was able to communicate well enough with
him to ensure that he received all the goods he needed. Scotty
Gall was in charge of supplying Angulalik’s post from Cambridge
Bay for most of the 1940s and he and Angulalik had an understanding.
in the 1950s the HBC was in the practice of sending a man down
to work with Angulalik on his financial records. One of these
employees was a trader named Red Pedersen.
Pedersen first went to Perry River in February of 1954 as an apprentice
with the Hudson’s Bay post in Cambridge Bay. Part of his
duties was to go down once a year to take inventory and to help
Angulalik in making up the merchandise orders for the following
1955, Pedersen did the same trip and worked with Angulalik at
Perry River and then moved on to work with George Oakoak who managed
Angulalik’s outpost at Sherman Inlet.
Jimmy Nakoyak in kayak in front of Perry River post.
Pedersen/Northwest Territories Archives/N-1986-002: 0127)
was charged with murder in 1957, he was in a position where he
had to sell the post. The HBC bought the post from him at that
time and Red Pedersen became its first manager. After Angulalik
was acquitted of the charge, he returned to Perry River to work
alongside Pedersen as an assistant.