The Fan Hitch Volume 11, Number 1, December 2008

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog

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

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page

Editor's/Publisher's Statement
Editor: Sue Hamilton
Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
The Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog, is published four times a year. It is available at no cost online at:

The Fan Hitch
welcomes your letters, stories, comments and suggestions. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit submissions used for publication.

Contents of The Fan Hitch are protected by international copyright laws. No photo, drawing or text may be reproduced in any form without written consent. Webmasters please note: written consent is necessary before linking this site to yours! Please forward requests to Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Rd., Harwinton, Connecticut  06791, USA or

This site is dedicated to the Inuit Dog as well as related Inuit culture and traditions. It is also home to
The Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog.

In the News....

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.

*     *     *

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 QTCs 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.
Return to top of page