The Fan Hitch Volume 12, Number 1, December 2009

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
In This Issue....

From the Editor 

Fan Mail

In the News

Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs:
The Broken Covenant of the Wild, Part 4

An Examination of Traditional Knowledge:
The Case of the Inuit Sled Dog, Part 1

Greenland Dogs of the Eiger Glacier

Boss Dogs and Lead Dogs

Tip: Pack Your Parka

IMHO: Two "New" Dogs

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

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In the news….

Qikiqtani Truth Commission Submits Its Report

In October, 2009 the Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) presented "Background Reports: Updates & Executive Summaries" to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association's Annual General Meeting. This seventy-one-page document features ten historical reports which examine the ways social and cultural aspects of Inuit life were impacted during the period 1950-1975. One of these summaries is entitled "Inuit Sled Dogs in the Baffin Region". To get a better understanding and see the broader picture, readers are encouraged to review all of the issues presented. These are now available at the QTC website. Click on the word "Issues" seen on the horizontal blue banner and you will see all of them listed to the left of that page.

The Fan Hitch has received a PDF version of the background reports document. Although the QTC website is more dynamic and is sure to be updated, we have decided to offer the October, 2009 written report on our Resources Page along with the four other official reports that have been created so far on the issue of the killing of sled dogs during the period 1950-1975. Look for them under the heading: "Official reports regarding Canadian Federal Government vis-à-vis Inuit social and cultural issues, including sled dogs". Along with their date of issue, we have included the number of pages and their electronic size so those of you with dial-up internet connections can decide if downloading the documents is even feasible.

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