Inuit Truth Commission

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Today we had a special meeting with all of the high school students to introduce to them (and to let them all know what will be going on here in town over the next several days) to the Inuit Truth Commission. The Truth Commission, commissioned by the QIA (Qikiqtani Inuit Association) has been traveling around to all 13 communities here in Baffin to explore allegations that thousands of Inuit sled dogs were slaughtered during the 50's, 60's and 70's as Inuit moved into towns from the land. The commission also wants people to share their recollections of Inuit and non-Inuit relations during the 50's, 60's and 70's, including their experiences of being forced to relocate into settlements, as well as related issues such as housing, health and education.

It was good for the Truth Commission to come in to speak with our students today as it gave them the opportunity to learn more about why The Commission was here in Arctic Bay and what they were hoping to achieve during their time here in public hearings.