Abuse must be investigated – NRK Sápmi

In Canada, a separate Inuit subcommission will now be created to complement the truth and reconciliation commission created last year.

The Inuit subcommittee will investigate the treatment of the approximately 5,000 Inuit children who were removed from their homes and sent to residential school.

From 1950 to 1980

From 1950 to 1980, approximately 5,000 Inuit children were taken from their homes and sent to boarding schools, where they were often abused. Several thousand Native American children suffered the same fate.

That is why, a year ago, a so-called Truth and Reconciliation Commission was created, which was supposed to travel across Canada to listen to the stories of survivors, about the treatment they received and, in this way , attempt to achieve reconciliation and agreement. new understanding among Canadians.

The commission began its work, but problems arose from the start and the commission eventually had to suspend its work. One of the many problems was that there were no Inuit on the commission. The Inuit of Canada therefore believed that their experiences and traumas did not receive the same in-depth treatment as those of the Indians.

A separate subcommittee

The Canadian Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami decided at its annual meeting in June that a special subcommittee for Inuit should be organized.

It has now been decided in principle to create such an Inuit Truth and Reconciliation Subcommission and the commission’s new chair, Justice Murray Sinclair, has declared this to



– The commission cannot do anything in the Arctic regions without fully involving the Inuit. We recognize that the Inuit have their own culture, their own language and that they must have suffered a lot in residential schools. It is therefore important that the Inuit create their own subcommittee to investigate their experiences and suffering in residential schools.

Work is expected to begin in September this year.

07/19/2009, at 5:47 p.m.

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