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Thou shalt do no murder : Inuit, injustice, and the Canadian Arctic

Harper, Kenn 1945- (author.).

Summary: "This is a story of fur trade rivalry and duplicity, isolation and abandonment, greed and madness, and a struggle for the affections of an Inuit woman during a time of major social change in the High Arctic. Doubts over the validity of Canadian sovereignty and an official agenda to confirm that sovereignty added to the circumstances in which a guilty verdict against the leader of the Inuit accused was virtually assured. The show trial that took place in Pond Inlet in 1923 marked a collision of two cultures with vastly different conceptions of justice and conflict resolution. It marked an end to the Inuit traditional way of life and ushered in an era in which Inuit autonomy was supplanted by dependence on traders and police, and later missionaries. Kenn Harper draws on a combination of Inuit oral history, archival research, and his own knowledge acquired through 50 years in the Arctic to create a compelling story of justice and injustice in the Canadian far north."--

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  • ISBN: 9781897568491 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 416 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
    print
  • Publisher: Iqaluit, NU : Nunavut Arctic College Media, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 387-400) and index.
Subject: Janes, Robert S -- 1872-1920 -- Relations with Inuit
Murder -- Nunavut -- Baffin Island
Murder -- Investigation -- Nunavut -- Pond Inlet
Trials (Murder) -- Nunavut -- Pond Inlet
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Canada, Northern
Inuit -- Canada -- History -- 20th century
Fur trade -- Canada, Northern -- History -- 20th century
Canada, Northern -- History -- 20th century

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Victoria 364.1523 Har 38080400060974 Indigenous Available -

Summary: "This is a story of fur trade rivalry and duplicity, isolation and abandonment, greed and madness, and a struggle for the affections of an Inuit woman during a time of major social change in the High Arctic. Doubts over the validity of Canadian sovereignty and an official agenda to confirm that sovereignty added to the circumstances in which a guilty verdict against the leader of the Inuit accused was virtually assured. The show trial that took place in Pond Inlet in 1923 marked a collision of two cultures with vastly different conceptions of justice and conflict resolution. It marked an end to the Inuit traditional way of life and ushered in an era in which Inuit autonomy was supplanted by dependence on traders and police, and later missionaries. Kenn Harper draws on a combination of Inuit oral history, archival research, and his own knowledge acquired through 50 years in the Arctic to create a compelling story of justice and injustice in the Canadian far north."--
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