NTI Rebukes Prime Minster Harper on Colonialism - Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
(Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 1st Vice-President James Eetoolook expressed his surprise at Prime Minister Stephen Harperâs statement, made at the G20 summit, that Canada âhas no history of colonialism.â
âThe Prime Minister cannot make such an inaccurate statement that clearly contradicts history. The history of Inuit interaction with the Government of Canada is a study in colonialism. Our history includes relocations, residential schools, forced settlements, dog slaughter, no voting right until the 1960s, no recognition of our land rights, and many other forms of colonialism that are still very fresh in our minds. What is more, this remark even contradicts his own statement in his Residential Schools Apology.â said Eetoolook.