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Greenland Travel Guide
The November 27, 2020 Visit Greenland Newsletter features “How to Travel Safely in Greenland: Your guide to reducing risk while visiting Greenland”
This twelve section guideline is comprehensive and well organized, covering weather conditions, terrain in and outside of towns, avoiding or dealing with confrontations with healthy and rabid wildlife, and modes of travel – hiking, boating, flying, dog team.
You don’t have to be going to Greenland (although it’s a great destination!) to find this useful. For those who have never been “north of 60” this guide will give you a good sense of what it’s like in Greenland’s polar regions, and Arctic Canada, too.
Inuit Literature Website
An email announcing this website with some texts in Danish and German.
was just received December 1st. Books cover a wide range of topics. Predominant languages are: French, English, Inuktitut/Greenlandic (some editions are tri-lingual)
Definitely worth exploring, the “About Us” section nicely describes the value of the Imaginaire Nord initiative:
“Inuit form a people of 150,000 spread over a large part of the circumpolar space, from Siberia to Greenland. They are considered the inhabitants and the sentinel of the Arctic.
Another 1950s Failed Social Experiment
On December 8, 2020 the BBC reported on another disgusting slice of polar history: “Denmark apologises to children taken from Greenland in a 1950s social experiment". In 1951 twenty-two Greenland children in Nuuk were taken from their parents to Denmark in an effort to transform them into “little Danes” so they could grow up and serve as a means of linking Denmark with Greenland Inuit culture thereby modernizing aboriginal society. Sounds frighteningly similar to the residential school debacle in the Canadian North.
According to the BBC story, sixteen of the children were returned to Greenland, not to their parents but put in an orphanage, the reason being “…that after their stay in affluent Danish homes, the youngsters shouldn't live with their own families in "worse conditions”.” Many never saw their parents again.
The long fought for apology came in the form of a letter from Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to each of the now adults surviving to this day, far too late for the sixteen who are no longer alive to receive one. The Prime Minister said, “Today we are equals, looking back on history together.” According to the BBC article, “Greenland is now an autonomous territory within the kingdom of Denmark but relies on Copenhagen for management of currency, foreign relations and defence, as well as the provision of a large annual subsidy.”
Here is a five-year-old BBC article “The children taken from home for a social experiment”. A web search will turn up several news sources of this story as well.