Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

August 18, 2011 11:38 ET

Minister Duncan Marks First Anniversary of the Apology for the 1950s Relocation of Inuit Families to the High Arctic

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today released the following statement:

"August 18, 2011, marks the first anniversary of our Government's apology for the relocation of Inuit families from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay in the 1950s, and for the hardships and losses they suffered as a result.

The apology was an important step in the healing process for those affected by the relocations. As we move forward, it is important that we continue to remember and acknowledge the past. Today's anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who were relocated and the hardships they faced.

Nineteen Inuit families from Inukjuak and three families from Pond Inlet were relocated 1,200 km from their homes, into an unfamiliar, difficult environment. Their perseverance enabled them to establish themselves in the High Arctic, despite conditions vastly different from those to which they were accustomed.

The apology in Inukjuak was the first event in which I participated as Minister of this department. As such, it holds particular significance for me, and its first anniversary also allows me to reflect on all we have accomplished since then.

Our Government is committed to rebuilding and strengthening its ties with all Inuit communities and organizations. By working together, we can ensure that these communities are prosperous, healthy and vibrant."

This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

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    Michelle Yao
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
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    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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