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ᐊᕐᓇᓕᖕᖑᑎᕕᒃ 4, 2010


Canadian history is scared by injustices against all indigenous people of this land, there is no doubt about that. But Injustices against Canadian Inuit, though no less or no more than those performed on other groups, are very unique. Over half a decade ago, Inukjuammiut were relocated from the Sub-arctic region of Nunavik to the high arctic island of Ellesmere, where they would form the communities of Grise Fjord and Resolute Bay. These people were taken away from a place where they knew the land, they knew the patterns of the animals and the seasons, the sun was never gone for long and extended family was near. They were deceived, mistreated and abandoned. They were left hungry and shelterless in a new land, literally just dropped off a boat in the bitter cold with nothing but the packs on their shoulders and the promise of prosperity.

The legacy of this lives on today in all Inuit, relocated or not; it gives the sense of worthlessness as human beings, the sense that we are not equal citizens of Canada, but pawns on the sovereignty board game. Can you imagine being taken away to a place you couldn’t even picture in your wildest dreams? A place so barren, you had to eat your seal skin boots to survive? A place where darkness reigns supreme for months at a time? I personally find it odd that the Minister used the words “Dark Chapter in our history” in the recent apology… an apology that’s been long overdue.

Though I have never been to Grise or Resolute, I have friends from both of these communities and I have strong connections to the community of Inukjuak. I love the kindness and energy these communities have, regardless of all that’s been done to them. If Inuit are good at anything, it’s finding the good in the bad. It’s laughing, even in the midst of famine and hardship. These vibrant, beautiful places just go to show that Inuit are strong, able and determined to survive through anything.


ᐃᓛᓂᐅᓐᖏᑑᒐᓗᐊᖅ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᐅᑉ ᐱᓇᓲᑎᖏᑦ ᑕᕝᕗᖓ ᐃᓱᒣᔭᖃᑎᒌᕝᕕᒨᓕᖓᔪᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓯᓯᒪᓐᖏᒪᑕ ᐊᑐᕐᑕᐅᒍᓐᓇᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᕐᑐᐃᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᒍᓰᑦ, ᑌᒣᒻᒪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᑦᓴᕆᔭᐅᔪᓕᒫᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕆᐊᓖᒃ ᖃᓕᐅᔭᕐᐯᑎᑑᕐᑎᓗᒋᑦ. ᐃᓛᓂᐅᓐᖏᑑᕐᐳᒍᑦ ᓴᓇᑐᐃᓪᓖᑲᓪᓚᓂᕈᑦᑕ.

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