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It was something of a fluke how Mary Nashook found her grandfather's grave.
She was heading to Quebec City to work as an English-Inuktitut interpreter at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting almost 20 years ago.
On the flight down, one of the delegates had a registry of Inuit who never came back from tuberculosis treatment, and who were buried in Quebec City. Nashook glanced at it, just in case.
There he was.
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I have just completed a four-day intensive fact-finding mission to Nunavut with my colleague Georgia White. The object of our fact-finding was Tuberculosis. We spent two days in Iqaluit meeting with the Minister of Health and senior officials, the NTI President and senior staff, the Public Health Centre, the Hospital, the wellness centre, the boarding home and many Elders. The trip was capped-off by a community feast.
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Jack Anawak was eight years old in 1956, the year the doctors came to his family's home in their tiny Arctic community and took his mother south to treat her tuberculosis.
Two years later, she died in hospital and was buried, somewhere.
The family was never told where and for nearly 60 years the mystery has sat in Anawak's heart like a dark hole in the sea ice that never freezes smoothly over.
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"Aboriginal issues, specifically Arctic and Inuit issues did not get much attention in the long federal election campaign. Few voters live here, but several issues in Nunavut—one fifth of Canada—are of national importance. But all is not right in the Arctic. If Nunavut is to flourish it is urgent that the Government of Canada work closely with us to solve deep seated, long-standing and debilitating social and economic issues that are holding us... read more.
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) today announced the upcoming release of a number of reports associated with the Qikiqtani Truth Commission. These reports include community histories for each of the 13 communities in the Qikiqtaaluk Region; two special studies: Analysis of the RCMP and the Inuit Sled Dogs (2006) Report and The Official Mind of Canadian Colonialism: Government Authorities and the Qikiqtani Region 1950 to 1975; and seven... read more.
Iqaluit, Nunavut – Qikiqtani Inuit Association commends the Quebec Government for issuing an apology for the dog slaughter that took place in Nunavik by police and government in the 1950s and 1960s. The Quebec Premier, honorable Jean Charest issued the apology in Kangiqsualujjuaq.
“This is an important step towards building a more meaningful relationship based on trust between Inuit communities and Government in Nunavik,” said QIA President... read more.
(March 19, 2008 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Commissioner James Igloliorte of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission and RCMP Commissioner William J.S. Elliott recently met in Ottawa. “This is a historic opportunity for Inuit and the RCMP to shed light on historic events and their repercussions, which are felt even today,” stated retired Inuk judge, Mr. Igloliorte.
During the meeting, Commissioner Igloliorte provided an update of the Commission’s work.... read more.
December 5, 2006 – Pita Aatami, President of the Makivik Corporation and Thomasie Alikatuktuk, President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association are disappointed but not surprised that the RCMP self-investigation into the slaughter of sled dogs from 1950 to 1970 does not reflect the truth. The RCMP report submitted to Parliament on November 29, 2006 is biased, flawed and incomplete.
“How can the RCMP legitimately investigate themselves? The RCMP... read more.