Cathedral Church of St.Simon and St.Jude, Iqaluit, Diocese of The Arctic, was one of the bright stars in the realm of cathedrals. It was destroyed by a fire in Nov. 2005. The original Cathedral was built in the round, like an igloo, fitting perfectly into the culture of the Inuit of Northern Canada, amongst whom it is sited.
The original cross behind the Altar was of narwhal tusks. The original pulpit was a qamutiq (an Inuit snow sled), as was also the Altar Rail. The banners were from a number of parishes in the diocese. All were destroyed by arson. A major plan for the entire Diocesan family was to replace the destroyed cathedral with a new, larger St.Jude's cathedral, as above. to mimic the natural environment of snow. This enables us to host more outreach programs and community gatherings, and is a spiritual home for the thousands of Anglicans across the Diocese of the Arctic.
The photo above was provided by NCC on Friday November 4, 2011 - photo on the right was taken November 22 credit Nigel Fearon Photography
Copyright 2008: St.Jude's Cathedral, Iqaluit