One of Rankin’s most active carvers, Simeonie Hakuluk was greatly influenced by his father, Philip Hakuluk. Philip was considered one of the most important ceramists when the government-run ceramics project was still operating in Rankin’s old Crafts Shop building (which now houses a meat packing plant). Simeonie fondly recalls this time:
"I remember him doing ceramic work down at the craftshop. The pots he was working on were so big, I was amazed at what he could do. I always wanted to be like my Dad." - Simeonie Hakuluk
Simeonie began carving as a teenager, years after the ceramics project had closed and his father was no longer active. "I was in my third year of carving when he died. That's when I won an award at the first Keewatin Arts Festival in '93."
Simeonie follows his own path as an artist, preferring depictions not explored by other artists. Among his favourite pieces is his ‘One Arm Reach’ carving, a masterpiece of balance that won him the first prize at the Kivalliq Festival. This piece has meaning for him beyond a work of art: “The One Arm Reach was important because it tried to tell people to reach for their goals, and to maintain their balance in life.”
Simeonie hopes that he will get the chance to teach his skills to younger artists. He also hopes, one day, to have his own arts business, but first, "I want to upgrade my education a bit".
Simeonie has shown his work extensively at the Arctic Trading Company in Churchill (Manitoba), and worked as a resident sculptor for Arctic Coops Limited when they were based in Winnipeg. He has also shown his work at the Bayat Gallery in Winnipeg.