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COMMENTARY March 27, 2015 - 4:21 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, March 27

The Secrets of the Arctic

JOHN AMAGOALIK

To most Canadians, the Arctic is still a mysterious place. Only a small percentage of Canadians have ever travelled to or worked up here.

Even those who have experienced living and working here rarely venture outside of the community where they work. Some of them do travel the land during the warm...

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COMMENTARY March 20, 2015 - 11:49 am

My Little Corner of Canada, March 20

Resource Development

JOHN AMAGOALIK

During the 1960s and early 1970s, resource exploration and development in the Arctic was pretty much uncontrolled.

The resource companies did whatever they wanted to do, with the blessing of the Government of Canada. There was little concern for the environment or wildlife. The Inuit and their...

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COMMENTARY March 13, 2015 - 1:34 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, March 13

Our First Year

JOHN AMAGOALIK

The High Arctic Exiles story is a complicated and long story. In this article, I will only deal with the new environment we faced.

When we were relocated from the eastern coast of Hudson Bay in Nunavik to Resolute on Cornwallis Island in the High Arctic in 1953, we arrived in a very different...

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COMMENTARY March 06, 2015 - 11:55 am

My Little Corner of Canada, March 6

Lancaster Sound

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Lancaster Sound has been recognized for decades by the international scientific and environmental community as one of the most important ecosystems in the world.  It has been called “The Serengeti of the Arctic.”

Iconic species like the humpback, beluga, narwhal, walrus, polar bears, thousands of...

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COMMENTARY February 20, 2015 - 9:55 am

My Little Corner of Canada, Feb. 20

Language, Bodily Functions, and a Hero

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Language

We need to make Inuktitut more visible and prominent in our public life in Nunavut.  As it is now, street signs, business signs, and public media are dominated by English and French. Road signs in the capital are still English on top, French in the middle and Inuktitut on the...

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