Documentary on Inuit dog slaughter debuts in Nunavut, Canada

Alaska Dispatch – Canada’s National Film Board is in Iqaluit to connect with more northern filmmakers, as a new NFB documentary about a controversial issue in Nunavut made its debut there this week.” Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths” probes the historic slaughter of thousands of sled dogs — an essential part of Inuit life and culture — in the Canadian Arctic from 1950 to 1970. For the documentary, directors Joelie Sanguya and Ole Gjerstad spoke to Inuit in Nunavut who say the RCMP deliberately killed the dogs, as part of a federal government policy to force Inuit to shed their semi-nomadic way of life and move into western settlements. The directors also spoke with RCMP members who deny an organized dog cull took place. The RCMP has argued that officers only killed sled dogs that posed a public safety risk. A co-production between the NFB and Piksuk Media of Clyde River, Nunavut, “Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths” was screened in Clyde River on Wednesday.

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