Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths

  • 2010
  • Canada

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For the Inuit, the sled dog symbolized a way of life as well as a deep connection to the land. But from the 1950s to the 1970s, the Inuit’s semi-nomadic way of life all but vanished. The sled dog population dropped from an estimated 20,000 to just a few hundred dogs. Many Inuit believe the dogs were deliberately killed by the mounted police as part of a government policy to force them off the land and into ‘civilization’. The police denies that there was any conscious policy on their part. Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths explores the mystery of how and why the sled dogs disappeared, a mystery that has left deep wounds across Canada’s Arctic.

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