The Fan Hitch Volume 12, Number 4, September 2010

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

From the Editor: An Outsider's Perceptions

The Gaze of Animal Life

In the News

Conducting Dog Feeding Trials on the Antarctic Huskies:
a behind the scenes look at how it got done!

Further Experiments on the nutrition of sledge dogs

How Use of the name Inuit became official

An Examination of Traditional Knowledge:
the case of the Inuit Sled Dog, part 4

Chinook Project visits Northern Labrador

Media Review: Qimmit - A Clash of Two Truths

IMHO: In Transition

Index: Volume 12, The Fan Hitch

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The Inuit Sled Dog International

The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI's efforts are concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to its native habitat. The ISDI's coordinators welcome to your comments and questions.

ISDI Coordinator Canada:
Geneviève Montcombroux, Box 206, Inwood, MB R0C 1P0;
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791,
In the News....

Dog team on Gordon Bay, Hudson Strait, N.W.T. [Nunavut], 1929.
Library and Archives Canada, J.D. Soper, C.J. Browne collection

Makivik Releases its Final Report to The Fan Hitch

On July 28th The Fan Hitch received from Makivik Corp. an English version copy of the "Final Report of the Honorable Jean-Jacques Croteau, Retired Judge of Superior Court Regarding the Allegations Concerning the Slaughter of Inuit Sled Dogs in Nunavik (1950-1970)". When the report (dated March 3, 2010) was sent to us, we were advised, "Inuttitut translation is in the works". We thank Makivik for granting permission to make it available to readers of The Fan Hitch. Some of the many sections included in the report are historical and legal background, a review of aboriginal rights, many interviews of affected Inuit from all Nunavik communities, a summary discussion of government attitudes with respect to "southern" laws and acts and their application to the aboriginal population.

Because of its size, 141 pages, we have decided that it would be prudent not to paraphrase or summarize it, but instead mount it to The Fan Hitch server for download (or click "Resources"in the sidebar or on our home page and scroll down to "Official reports regarding Canadian Federal Government vis-a-vis Inuit social/cultural issues, including sled dogs") and urge you to make time to read this comprehensive document.

The report concludes with Judge Croteau's recommendations:
"… the governments owe compensation and apologies to the Inuit of Nunavik. There is no doubt that the wrongful acts being complained of have produced harmful and damaging consequences and damages. I trust in the good faith, sincerity, integrity and honour of representatives of both governments in order to assess the damages and establish fair compensation. They will have to discuss the matter with representatives of Makivik Corporation. Once the amount of fair compensation has been agreed upon and paid, it shall be divided equally among Inuit non-profit organizations whose objectives are to:
  • organize sled dog races (Ivakkak) in Nunavik
  • promote the sale and distribution of Inuit art and sculpture 
  • promote the teaching and use of Inuktitut and syllabics in Nunavik."
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Qikiqtani Truth Commission's Final Report

It is anticipated that the Qikiqtani Truth Commission will present its final report to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association at their October 2010 Annual General Meeting in Iqaluit.
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