In This Issue....From the Editor: Expeditions
My First Winter Trip in Antarctica
Canadian Animal Assistance Team in Pond Inlet
Sledge Dog Memorial Fund Update
In the News
Book Review: Dog Days on Ice
Behavior Notebook: Transitions
Product Review: The Tick Key
Tip: Flammable Food
IMHO: The Next Great Thing
Makivik Holding Interviews on Dog Slaughters
Hired consultant Lucy Grey, and retired Judge Jean-Jacques Croteau are presently on an independent examination tour. They are going from village to village across Nunavik holding interviews with Inuit who lived and witnessed the dog slaughters that took place in the 1950s and 1960s.
The last leg of the tour will take place in February 2009. Specific dates are yet to be set.
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Qikiqtani Truth Commission
Public hearings on the transition from camp life to settlement were held in Ottawa on November 25-28. Observers were invited to attend.
The Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) also held reception in Ottawa on Tuesday November 25th. Commissioner Igloliorte provided a brief summary of the Commission's first year of activities, explaining the QTC’s mandate (to conduct an inquiry and to report on the truth surrounding the "Dog Slaughter", "Relocations" and other decisions of the federal government until 1980, and their effect on Inuit culture, economy and way of life), work and goals (to ensure an accurate history and to provide recommendations that promote reconciliation), along with a visual slide show and video sampling of a hearing.
The Commission is expected to reach its goal to conclude all community public hearings by the end of 2008, at which point it will begin the process of analyzing all the information so a draft report can be issued by the Fall 2009, and then a final report in March 2010. The Commission has not yet achieved its plan to have established its website containing important content about Commission work and resource information by the Fall 2008.