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Forced Relocation of Inuit: a Dark Stain on Canada

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 11:10 am
by Glacier
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

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

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 12:11 pm
by Omnitheo
I agreed with you right up to the hyperbolic false equivalence in the last sentence.

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

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 1:25 pm
by Jlabute
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?

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

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 2:42 pm
by Glacier
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.

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

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 5:12 pm
by d0nb
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.


The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. – Ronald Reagan

Each person should each be offered a generous lifetime pension and free transportation to the destination of his/her choice.

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

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 5:21 pm
by d0nb
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.

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

PostPosted: Dec 20th, 2018, 11:43 pm
by The Green Barbarian
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!

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

PostPosted: Dec 22nd, 2018, 7:11 pm
by Mark5
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.