ISUMA

Nipi (Voice)

In the traditional Inuit way of living, as people grew, they became more and more able. Today, people are taking more risks, going out to hunt alone. They no longer depend on the community and its elders for support and advice.

In the 1960s, residents of the North had often to go south to further their education. More representatives from the South (the Hudson’s Bay Co., the RCMP, the federal government and the teachers) came to the North and sought to exercise control.

At the beginning of the land claims negotiations, there was a real lack of communication and understanding between the Department of Indian and Northern Development and the Inuit organizations. At first, the federal negotiators did not understand that money was not their first priority in the discussions: the Inuit were much more interested in gaining the political tools they needed to manage their own territory effectively.