The Fan Hitch PostScript
Number 8, posted
December 2020
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Historic Nansen Sledge Gifted

The Enduring Love of Those Huskies

Flush at Stonington in 1964

Film Review: Atautsikut – Leaving None Behind

The Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project

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The Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project

On October 8 of this year the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) announced a program designed to assist established Qikiqtani Inuit qimmiit practitioners with the maintenance of their teams of five or more dogs.

According to the website’s media release, the Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project (QQP) will give $3,000 to those who successfully submit an application by December 31, 2020. This three-year pilot program, ending in March 2023, is part of QIA’s ongoing work of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission. Back on August 14, 2019 the federal government agreed to a financial settlement with the QIA over forced relocations and sled dog killings.  This included $2.9 million dedicated to a qimmiit revitalization program, with $100,000 being given annually to the Nunavut Quest sled dog race from 2020 to 2027.

However, due to COVID-19 control measures, the Nunavut Government has suspended “all- non-essential programs” including the QQP.  Emails from The Fan Hitch sent to both the QIA Director of Communications and the QQP Program Coordinator requesting more details about the QQP and other plans for the QIA’s qimmiit revitalization program have gone unanswered.