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Old Jun 12th, 2012, 11:54 AM   #61
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And then there are intangible riches. We could all learn something from values baked into inuktitut over the centuries, I imagine.
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Old Jun 12th, 2012, 12:07 PM   #62
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However, the question here is not "Why are we going hungry" but "Why does food cost so much in this place." Otherwise the protests would not be held against the food store.

Dr. G: makes a good point if it's true that some specific help offered to Inuit residents was not delivered in return for settling here. I might be more inclined to accept some solution as a breach of promise, however poorly thought-out that promise might have been. In that case, however, it is an Inuit issue and not an issue of poverty in general.

If the point of the two major settlements is to create a beach head to prove Canada owns Nunavut, then we also need to define how many people are necessary to establish that claim.
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Old Jun 12th, 2012, 12:14 PM   #63
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However, the question here is not "Why are we going hungry" but "Why does food cost so much in this place." Otherwise the protests would not be held against the food store.

Dr. G: makes a good point if it's true that some specific help offered to Inuit residents was not delivered in return for settling here. I might be more inclined to accept some solution as a breach of promise, however poorly thought-out that promise might have been. In that case, however, it is an Inuit issue and not an issue of poverty in general.

If the point of the two major settlements is to create a beach head to prove Canada owns Nunavut, then we also need to define how many people are necessary to establish that claim.
Macfury, CBC did a detailed report on the settlement of the arctic regions. There are National Film Board movies on this resettlement and documents on the specific promises made re support to move to these areas as a way of making sure the claims for Canadian ownership was valid ............. and this was back in the 50s before the mineral and oil exploration boom took place. Little if any of the promised supports were ever given.
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Macfury, CBC did a detailed report on the settlement of the arctic regions. There are National Film Board movies on this resettlement and documents on the specific promises made re support to move to these areas as a way of making sure the claims for Canadian ownership was valid ............. and this was back in the 50s before the mineral and oil exploration boom took place. Little if any of the promised supports were ever given.
I recall some of it Dr. G.--but not the specific promises. Again, one needs to sort out the issues. Is there a specific promise the federal government needs to keep regarding food? If so, it applies only to Inuit and not to the remainder of the community.
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I recall some of it Dr. G.--but not the specific promises. Again, one needs to sort out the issues. Is there a specific promise the federal government needs to keep regarding food? If so, it applies only to Inuit and not to the remainder of the community.
They were guaranteed housing, food support, materials to develop communities, etc, and a stipend of a certain amount of money ................ nothing that was promised was delivered. Instead of housing, they were given tents ............ in the Arctic!!!

I taught a student who is a direct descendent of the initial families resettled in the Grise Fiord (spelling ?). She got me interested in this experience. Here are a couple of interesting citations re this movement of people to the north. The Pope article uses the term "human flagpoles" to describe these relocated people.

"The High Arctic Relocation: A Report on the 1953–55 Relocation" by René Dussault and George Erasmus, produced by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, published by Canadian Government Publishing, 1994

Pope, Frank (May 14th, 2011). "Disappearing Arctic". The Times Magazine (London).
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