August 29, 2014 - 8:40 pm
Taissumani, Aug. 29
The Strategic Importance of Ellesmere Island
It must be near summer’s end because Stephen (not my brother) Harper is doing his annual tour of the Canadian Arctic, with the attendant sovereignty overtones that that entails. So let’s take a look at how some of that sovereignty came about.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Canada was busy establishing...
August 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm
Taissumani, Aug. 22
Inughuit Hunters and the Thule Act
The Thule Act was a unique piece of legislation passed by a group of Inughuit hunters in the Thule District of northern Greenland, without recourse to, or permission from, any national government.
Knud Rasmussen had established his Thule Station, a trading post, in the district in 1909. The Danish...
August 15, 2014 - 9:53 am
Taissumani, Aug. 15
The Expulsion of the Inughuit
The Inughuit live in northwestern Greenland north of Melville Bay. Their traditional territory is a strip of land hemmed in between the frigid waters of the Arctic and the inland ice that covers most of Greenland, a coastal strip 600 km long. They are the northernmost human society in the...
August 08, 2014 - 10:12 am
Taissumani, Aug. 8
The Inughuit Threat to Canadian High Arctic Sovereignty
With concerns about Canadian sovereignty so much in the news again, it is interesting to look at an early sovereignty scare — one involving Inuit — that turned out to be a misunderstanding.
In 1910 Knud Rasmussen and Peter Freuchen established their trading post, Thule Station, in northwestern...
August 01, 2014 - 7:35 am
Taissumani, Aug. 1
Blood On The Snow – Robert Janes’s Last Journey (Part 4 of 4)
On March 11, 1920 Nuqallaq and a party of Inuit hunters and their families arrived at a seal hunting camp on the ice off Cape Crauford, northern Baffin Island.
They were surprised to discover that Robert Janes, a Newfoundland trader, was there, having diverted from his intended course to Igloolik...
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