The 2015 Dr. Richard B. Splane Lecture in Social Policy

MAKING PEACE: POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR HEALING INUIT COLONIAL EXPERIENCES
A public lecture by Piita Irniq, former Commissioner of Nunavut Territory

Between 1955 and the mid-1960s, Inuit in the Canadian eastern Arctic underwent one of the fastest cultural changes of any population in recorded history. From a life on the land, centered around extended family hunting camps, iglus, tents and dog teams, Inuit were relocated to settlements with wood frame houses, rent to be paid, snowmobiles and the logic of an industrial economy. Piita Irniq examines his personal journey addressing these changes and talks about the policies and practices needed to heal the damage resulting from this colonial experience.

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