Before the 1950’s Inuit lived in small kinship-based groups that moved among strategically located camps optimal for seasonal harvesting. From 1950 to 1975 Inuit kinship-groups were fragmented by colonial practices and over 100 traditional settlements in the Qikiqtani Region were reduced to 13 communities in locations dictated by the Canadian government. In effect, Inuit were used as human flag poles to achieve Canada’s nation-building agenda in the Arctic. In the process families were separated, communities fragmented, and cultural traditions lost.
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