The Department of Communications of the Federal Government ran a competition across Canada to name Telesat's first series of satellites. In November 1969, the winner of the contest was announced. A St. Leonard, Quebec, supermarket employee, Mary Frances Czapla suggested ANIK which means "brother" in the language of the Inuit. It was selected as the winning entry by a panel of judges which included Marshall McLuhan.
"Historical Development: Anik A Series,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 2
, Article 5.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol2/iss4/5
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