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Broken Promises - The High Arctic Relocation

Broken Promises - The High Arctic Relocation

| 52 min

In the summer of 1953, the Canadian government relocated seven Inuit families from Northern Quebec to the High Arctic. They were promised an abundance of game and fish, with the assurance that if things didn't work out, they could return home after two years. Two years later, another 35 people joined them. There they suffered from hunger, extreme cold, sickness, alcoholism and poverty. It would be thirty years before any of them saw their ancestral lands again. Interviews with survivors are combined with archival footage and documents to tell the poignant story of a people whose lives were nearly destroyed by their own government's broken promises.

  • director
    Patricia Tassinari
  • producer
    Barrie Howells
    George Hargrave
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • associate producer
    Erica Pomerance
  • script
    Erna Buffie
  • narrator
    Erna Buffie
  • photography
    Stephen Reizes
  • sound
    Esther Auger
  • editing
    Teresa de Luca
  • sound editing
    Louis Dupire
    Lucie Fortier
    Frédéric Grenon
    François Dupire
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • music
    André Vincelli


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