Monday, February 05, 2007

Who Killed Arctic Sled Dogs?

In the 1960s, Pita Aatami and his family walked a long way to fish at a local lake up in Arctic Canada. "I always thought it was because we were poor and we couldn't afford a snow machine," said the Canadian Inuit man who lived in Kuujjuaq located in the high north of Canada.

"But my uncle told me we had to walk because my grandfather's sled dogs had been shot. A lot of other people had their sled dogs shot, too." The Inuit say that Canada's RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) slaughtered their sled dogs during the period between 1950 to 1970. Without their dogs, the Inuit natives would be forced to settle in communities, buy snowmobiles and depend on Canadian federal government social programs. "To diminish our numbers as Inuit, our dogs were being killed," said one Inuit elder. An RCMP investigation claims the slaughters never happened. But Aatami is not giving up. "I want to know who gave the orders to kill the dogs," he says.

To see where the Inuit live in the north, see Canadian Arctic Region. Also, see artwork from the north at Inuit Art Gallery.

3 comments:

Carol said...

Hey, wat the hell!! why does anybody kill thses dogs?? its very tragic to know this.

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Anonymous said...

Where does this comment come from? and can I get more on this topic. Native people have known about the RCMP for years I am glad to see others are seeing it.

Justin said...

It is sheer cruelty to kill dogs by shooting them... It's really very inhuman