January 21, 2005

“Echo of the Last Howl” hits big screen

Dog slaughter film premiers in Kuujjuaq


A 54-minute film called the “Echo of the Last Howl,” on the killing of sled dogs in the 1950s and 60s, premiered at the Katittavik community centre and town hall on Wednesday in Kuujjuaq. The film was produced by Makivik Corporation, which hosted the premiere of the film.

In the audience were representatives from all Nunavik communities, local organizations, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, media, as well as federal and provincial government officials.

Earlier this week, Makivik submitted a brief called the “The Slaughtering of Nunavik Qimmiit” to the federal and provincial governments.

The extensively documented and 25-page brief looks at the dog killings and how and why they happened. It outlines the historical context and government activities and contains testimony from Nunavimmiut about the slaughter of the dogs and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of dog team owners.

“In the past, a man without dogs wasn’t a man,” notes Paulusie Weetaluktuk from Inukjuak in the brief.

The brief also asks that:

Following an inquiry, Makivik would also like to see governments “acknowledge the wrongs done and apologize to the Inuit of Nunavik” and provide compensation “in the amount and form agreed to between Makivik and the governments.”