Monday, 14 September 2015

Pure History Specials - Arctic Manhunt

"...On Christmas Day, 1931, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with the assistance of #‎aboriginal #‎trackers, approached a rural cabin near the #‎Arctic Circle. They were there to question an unknown #‎trapper about vandalized trap lines but were met with open fire instead of answers. Over the next 49 days one of the largest #‎criminal searches in Canadian history ensued, taking the #‎RCMP above the Arctic Circle where they had to endure harsh weather conditions on top of firefights with the mysterious #‎fugitive they were pursuing. Ending with the trapper's suicide, police found $2,400 in cash on his body but nothing to identify him or indicate why he was on the run. [...] Almost 80 years later, #‎forensic #‎experts #‎dig up the remains of the fugitive to try and determine his identity once and for all...." #‎video

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Prohibition in Nunavut Canada: VICE INTL (Canada)

"...  Officially founded in 1999, Nunavut is the youngest territory in Canada. It's only been two generations since Canada's stewardship of the land forced the Inuit people out of their semi-nomadic way of life and into a modern sedentary one. But while the introduction of contemporary conveniences seem to have made life more comfortable, the history of Canada in the arctic is mired in tragedy, and the traumatic effects of residential schools and forced relocations are still being felt.
Today, Nunavut is in a state of social crisis: Crime rates are four times the national average and the rates of suicide are more than ten times higher than the rest of Canada.
If you ask people here what the driving force of the problem is, a lot of them will say: alcohol. Even though alcohol is completely illegal in some parts of the territory, it's been reported that 95 percent of police calls are alcohol-related...."
Published on Jan 14, 2015