Colonial Policies Impacting Inuit Communities in Canada

By Brianna Stevenson

Like all Indigenous communities in Canada, the Inuit have had unique colonial experiences with federal policies and have been impacted in complex and challenging ways through this relationship. Unfortunately, the Canadian government still has a tendency to enact initiatives intended more to develop the political or economic prosperity of the Canadian public rather than to develop the autonomy of these affected communities. Read More

Relocation to the High Arctic: From Port Harrison to Grise Fiord in the 1950s

By Rebekah Selman

In the 1950s, 19 Inuit families were relocated from Port Harrison to Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord. Many of these families were separated from each other. The Inuit were given promises that were not fulfilled. The Canadian Government had promised a surplus of game for hunting, as well as supplies and shelter when they arrived (George, 2010; Kuschk, 2010; Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., 2010). It is said to have been reported in the Montreal Gazette in 1954 that new houses were built in the High Arctic (Marcus, 1995). Read More

Plan Nunavik and the Parnasimautik Consultations

By Julie Deslile

Plan Nunavik was created in 2012 as a response to Quebec’s Plan Nord. Developed by the Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government of Nunavik, Plan Nunavik is a document which describes the current situation and concerns regarding housing, health, education, access to territory, mining, energy, tourism, bio-food, wildlife, culture and identity, telecommunications and community development. Read More