Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby Glacier » Dec 20th, 2018, 11:10 am

In the 1950s the Canadian government was in a fight with Greenland/Denmark over Arctic sovereignty. As a way of exerting Canadian sovereignty, the government of the day tricked some Inuit in Quebec into relocating to Grise Fjord and Resolute Bay - two spots so desolate and cold that even the Inuit didn't live this far north.

They were told that they only had to stay for one year, but "ha ha", the joke was on them because the government wouldn't move them back after the year was up. They were trapped in an area so isolated no one could leave.

I'm surprised Trudeau hasn't apologized for this (and he should in my opinion). If he can apologize to terrorist who now wants to go to Saudi Arabia with his 10 million bucks to do who-knows-what, then surely the Inuit could get one too.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/fo ... -1.4182600
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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby Omnitheo » Dec 20th, 2018, 12:11 pm

I agreed with you right up to the hyperbolic false equivalence in the last sentence.
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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby Jlabute » Dec 20th, 2018, 1:25 pm

Looks like a welcoming place for tourists. I wouldn't mind going myself. ;-) If you guys pay my ticket, I will go! Plus I'll take pictures and stream live community events for you. :-)

https://www.nunavuttourism.com/regions-of-nunavut/communities/grise-fiord/

They received an apology already, right?
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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby Glacier » Dec 20th, 2018, 2:42 pm

Jlabute wrote:Looks like a welcoming place for tourists. I wouldn't mind going myself. ;-) If you guys pay my ticket, I will go! Plus I'll take pictures and stream live community events for you. :-)

https://www.nunavuttourism.com/regions-of-nunavut/communities/grise-fiord/

They received an apology already, right?

The Little Ice Age musta done them in...

The area of Craig Harbour and Lindstrom Peninsula, just west of Grise Fiord, is dotted with archaeological sites, the remains of houses, tent rings, fox traps and graves, some of which date back over 4,000 years. The local Inuit abandoned this region sometime before 1700 AD.
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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby d0nb » Dec 20th, 2018, 5:12 pm

Glacier wrote:They were told that they only had to stay for one year, but "ha ha", the joke was on them because the government wouldn't move them back after the year was up. They were trapped in an area so isolated no one could leave.


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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby d0nb » Dec 20th, 2018, 5:21 pm

Glacier wrote:The Little Ice Age musta done them in...

The area of Craig Harbour and Lindstrom Peninsula, just west of Grise Fiord, is dotted with archaeological sites, the remains of houses, tent rings, fox traps and graves, some of which date back over 4,000 years. The local Inuit abandoned this region sometime before 1700 AD.


They are hellish now, but those places weren’t that cold during the Holocene Climate Optimum a few thousand years ago. The temps were a few degrees warmer and Arctic Ocean may have been free of ice during the late summer.
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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby The Green Barbarian » Dec 20th, 2018, 11:43 pm

I was in agreement with you but then I even more strongly agreed with you after the last sentence, congrats on making a great point! JT is a meathead!
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Re: Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

Postby Mark5 » Dec 22nd, 2018, 7:11 pm

Glacier wrote:In the 1950s the Canadian government was in a fight with Greenland/Denmark over Arctic sovereignty. As a way of exerting Canadian sovereignty, the government of the day tricked some Inuit in Quebec into relocating to Grise Fjord and Resolute Bay - two spots so desolate and cold that even the Inuit didn't live this far north.

They were told that they only had to stay for one year, but "ha ha", the joke was on them because the government wouldn't move them back after the year was up. They were trapped in an area so isolated no one could leave.

I'm surprised Trudeau hasn't apologized for this (and he should in my opinion). If he can apologize to terrorist who now wants to go to Saudi Arabia with his 10 million bucks to do who-knows-what, then surely the Inuit could get one too.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/fo ... -1.4182600

Trapped? I think not. They probably liked it there.
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