Arctic Justice

SKU: 0773529292

Shelagh D. Grant
Grade Levels:
College, University
Arctic, Inuit
Book Type:
McGill-Queen's University Press
Copyright Data:

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History and Canadian Studies professor Shelagh Grant's award-winning Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder, Pond Inlet, 1923 is a reconstruction of the tragic events when a crazed white fur trader was killed by an Inuk, and authorities put Nuqallaq and two other Baffin Island Inuit on trial. The Canadian government saw Robert Janes's death as murder; the Inuit saw it as removing a threat from their society according to custom. Nuqallaq was sentenced to ten years hard labour in Stony Mountain Penitentiary where he contracted tuberculosis. He died shortly after being returned to Pond Inlet. Combining original Inuit oral testimony with archival history, Grant sheds light on the conflicting values and perceptions of two disparate cultures. She shows how the Canadian government's decision was determined by fear and political concerns for establishing sovereignty over the Arctic. Arctic Justice is also a social history of North Baffin Island in the twentieth century with vivid portraits of Janes, Captain J.E. Bernier of the CGS Arctic, investigating RCMP officer A. H. Joy, and the remarkable Nuqallaq, his wife Ataguttiaq, and the Inuit of North Baffin Island.

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