Resolute Bay, Nunavut

by Stuartbarbara May. 11, 2019 145 views

There is a very sad part of the story from Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay. In 1953 the Canadian government decided that Canada needs more of a presence in the Arctic. It “encouraged” Inuit people from northern Quebec to relocate to the High Arctic, to populate the area. They knew nothing of living so far north, with vastly different hunting techniques in a different environment. They were originally promised that if they stayed two years, they could return home. But that offer was rescinded and they were forced to stay with little support for over twenty years. By then many had perished from suicide, illness or depression. They had no contact with family back in Quebec, and were extremely isolated. I spent time last evening with one of the remaining survivors of that relocation.

This was the beach where the families were dropped off the ship from Quebec. The cairn now marks the spot where they settled originally. About 40 people were left here to survive in the very harsh environment.

This was the beach where the families were dropped off the ship from Quebec. The cairn now marks the spot where they settled originally. About 40 people were left here to survive in the very harsh environment.

The people eventually moved to the current location of the hamlet, slightly protected by the high hills from the constant wind. That would be about ten miles from the first settlement

The people eventually moved to the current location of the hamlet, slightly protected by the high hills from the constant wind. That would be about ten miles from the first settlement

Allie did tell me that he is very content now to live in this quiet hamlet far from where he was born. But it took him a long time to reach that point in his life where he felt a senses of acceptance. Life for he and his wife is now good. A happy thing for them. So many of the others were not as lucky.

A requisite photo of me above the hamlet.

A requisite photo of me above the hamlet.

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