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Qikiqtani Truth Commission Update: December 2010
by Sue Hamilton
The Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) presented its Final Report, Achieving Saimaqatigiigniq (an effort "to create a more accurate history of the decisions and events that affected Inuit living in the Baffin Region from 1950-1975, and to document their impact on Inuit life", including but not limited to the killing of Inuit Dogs) to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) this past October. However, the QTC's work, begun back in 2007, is far from over. According to QTC Executive Director Madeleine Redfern, there are background reports to be completed and submitted to the QIA whose Board of Directors will have considerable material to review, digest and then decide "whether or not to develop an implementation strategy and or action plan regarding the implementation of the recommendations. The QIA Board members did say that this work is part of a larger process and that there is more work to be done to achieve the goals of reconciliation."
The QTC website continues to evolve and expand as more and more issue and contextual reports are completed and released.
A DVD of the Final Report is near completion and is expected to be completed and available early into 2011.
The QTC's Final Report as well as several other papers created by the Commission can be found on The Fan Hitch website on our Resources page under the heading of "Official reports regarding Canadian Federal Government vis-à-vis Inuit social/cultural issues, including sled dogs." Readers of The Fan Hitch are encouraged to carefully examine these documents not only to learn first hand about the QTC's investigation, but also for the wealth of knowledge about traditional life as it relates to the use of Inuit Dogs.