Why was it so important for the Qikiqtani Inuit to hold their own truth commission?
For years, the Canadian government rejected Inuit calls for a public inquiry into the alleged killing of their sled dogs and forced relocation of from Inuit nunagivaktangat into permanent settlements and between settlements. Between 1950 and 1975, these changes contributed to the almost complete transformation of daily life for Inuit. Instead of an inquiry, the government directed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to look into these allegations and report back to Parliament. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) was deeply disappointed with the RCMP report, which rejected Inuit memories and was disrespectful of Inuit elders. More importantly, the QIA believed that the RCMP report missed an opportunity to heal relations between Inuit and government authorities. For these reasons, the Association decided to independently establish its own truth commission.