Adamie Veevee (right) testifying before Commissioner Igloliorte (centre) at the Pangnirtung Hearing, May 2008. Qikiqtani Truth Commission Photo
In 2007, the Qikiqtani
Inuit Association independently established and financed the
Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) to create a more accurate history
of the decisions and events that affected Inuit living in the Baffin
Region from 1950-1975, and to document their impact on Inuit life.
This Inuit-sponsored and Inuit-led initiative is the first of its
kind: the Commission has recorded Inuit oral histories of these
years while simultaneously gathering and interpreting the written
historical records produced during that transformational era.
Ultimately, this truth
and reconciliation process seeks to promote healing and forgiveness
among those who suffered from historic wrongs, and to repair
relations between Inuit and governments.
In Inuktitut terms,
Qikiqtani Inuit are seeking saimaqtigiiniq:
peace with past opponents.
- Listen to the words of
as they testify to the Commission about the many hardships they and
their families faced in the Baffin Region from 1950 to 1975.
- The Qikiqtani
Truth Commission Final Report: Achieving Saimaqtigiiniq
is a summary of our key findings and recommendations, based on
hundreds of witness interviews conducted during public
hearings and an authoritative collection of historical
documentation. It is available in both print and video formats.
- For quick,
straightforward answers to your questions about the Qikiqtani Truth
Commission process, browse through our FAQs.
Most of the historical
photographs featured here and elsewhere throughout this web site
were digitized from originals held at Library and Archives Canada
and initially used in Project Naming, a photo identification
project and web exhibition (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/inuit).
If you have information about any of the people or events in these
photographs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the reference number relating to the photograph(s)
you're identifying (for example: PA-123456 or e002213323).
- For more information
and photos, and to chat online with other Inuit and Qallunaat
about the issues raised on the QTC web site, visit the QTC