The Fan Hitch   Volume 16, Number 1, December 2013

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

From the Editor: The Season for Sharing and Giving

Investigation of the pre-Columbian Ancestry of Today's Dogs of the Americas

Raising Eskimo Dog Puppies for Use in a Fan Hitch
Stareek and Tsigane

In the News

Baker Lake, Nunavut and the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT)

The End of the Beginning: The First Five Years of Veterinary Services in Baker Lake, Nunavut

Fan Mail

Book Review: The Meaning of Ice

IMHO: Finding Purpose in Retirement

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

Defining the Inuit Dog

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In the News....

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Baker Lake Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) does not run for re-election
Back on September 11, 2012 Moses Aupaluktuk stood before his MLA colleagues on Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly and made a plea for support of The Buddy Fund, the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and in general the welfare of Nunavut’s Qimmiq, the Canadian Inuit Dog. Just five days later he made another emotional statement in the same venue. He announced that he did not plan to run for another term in office during the October 28 general election. And with the other changes in members of the Legislative Assembly anticipated as a result of that election, it is a huge disappointment that more than likely Aupaluktuk’s September 11th speech will go no further than it becoming a matter of the official public record.

Proposed Iqaluit by-law combining sled dogs and pet dogs
Since The Fan Hitch last reported on the Iqaluit town council’s plan to scrap the existing sled dog by-law in favor of a by-law that incorporated working sled dog teams with issues pertaining to non-working pets and roaming dogs, the following has been learned: In early November dog team owners were getting together to go over in detail the proposed by-law and to solidify their comments and opinions. Team owners were also meeting with various town councilors in advance of a November 13th public meeting on the proposed by-law. At the November 13th meeting there seemed to be general acceptance/understanding that sled dogs needed to be treated differently from pet dogs. The impression of dog teamers was that the council generally was sympathetic and it didn’t sound like any concerns against sled dogs were expressed by the public.

As of November 28th, the proposed by-law was still in the draft stage.
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