The Fan Hitch Volume 2, Number 3, May 2000

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Nunavut Quest 2000:
More Than a Race
Nunavut Quest 2000:
Drivers' Meeting
Nunavut Quest 2000:
On the Trail
Nunavut Quest 2000:
Race Results
Poem: Dogs of the Sledge Trail
Inuit Demand Inquiry of Historical Dog Extermination Policy
Nunavut's Official Symbols
Niels Pedersen, D.V.M:
The Veterinary Service in Greenland
ISDI Foundation:
Sled Dog Problems in Iqaluit
Baking: Dog Cookie Recipe
Crafts: Save That Hair
Behavioral Notebook:
Social Order
Book Review:
Polar Dream
In My Humble Opinion: 
Sharing the Trail
Ihe ISDVMA Meeting

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

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Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

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"Looking into a seal breathing hole" N-1979-05 Doug E. Wilkinson/NWT Archives
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Nunavut and Nunavik Inuit Demand Inquiry into 
Dog Extermination

The following report is a summary (with Fan Hitch editorial comment)  of an article by Jane George that appeared in the April 28, 2000 Nunatsiaq News.

Inuit from Nunavik (Northern Quebec) and Nunavut Territory  are asking for their governments to hold inquiries into the "government-ordered" slaughter of sled dogs that took place between 1950 and 1975.  Supposedly the dogs were shot as disease and roaming dog control measures.    Inuit are saying that they were never advised nor did they consent to this action which, in the time before snow machines came into popularity,  rendered them dependent on government assistance in order to provide family needs. It is maintained that there was no real problem to justify the mass killings, nor were the owners of the dead dogs compensated or assisted in maintaining their traditional way of life.

So far there is no response to  letters submitted on March 28 and 29 of this year to the ministers of native and northern affairs in each location. 

[The sending of these letters within two days of the start of the March 27th Nunavut Quest 2000, a race celebrating the traditional use of dogs  begs the question, "Was this deliberate timing?" FH ed.]

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