Making amends for the husky slaughter in Northern Quebec
In the 1950s and 60s, federal and provincial officials order the killing of at least a thousand husky sled dogs in Inuit communities in Northern Quebec. They claimed that the animals were a threat to people in those communities. But the impact of killing the main mode of transportation for the Inuit had a major and lasting effect on many people.
William Tagoona is a producer with CBC North, based in Kuujjuaq. He travelled to Kangiqsualujjuaq where Premier Jean Charest and provincial native affairs minister Geoff Kelley recognized what happened in a special ceremony. The province is also providing $3 million dollars in compensation to several community groups. Ainslie caught up with William to talk about this chapter of Inuit history and the ceremony.