Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths (Short Version)

Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths (Short Version)

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For the Inuit, the sled dog symbolized a way of life as well as a deep connection to the land. They depended upon the dogs for hunting, transportation and companionship: They were essential to survival. But from the 1950s to the 1970s, the Inuit’s semi-nomadic way of life all but vanished. The sled dog population dropped from an estimated 20,000 to just a few hundred dogs. Many Inuit believe the dogs were deliberately killed by the RCMP as part of a government policy to force them off the land – and into “civilization.”  The RCMP denies there was any conscious policy on their part. With the influx of people into settled communities, they argue, the sled dogs became redundant. Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths explores the mystery of how and why the sled dogs disappeared, a mystery that has left deep wounds across Canada’s Arctic.

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  • writer
    Ole Gjerstad
    Joelie Sanguya
  • director
    Ole Gjerstad
    Joelie Sanguya
  • director of photography
    David Poisey
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
    Charlotte De Wolff
  • executive producer
    Charlotte De Wolff
    Derek Mazur

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