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Epilogue

Epilogue

At Home

Chapter:
(p.149) Epilogue
Source:
Do You See Ice?
Author(s):
Karen Routledge
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226580272.003.0006

This epilogue explains that in the 1960s, the Canadian government resettled nearly all Cumberland Sound Inuit into the centralized community of Pangnirtung, and briefly examines some of the repercussions of this. It also concludes that this book has shown that the definition of a harsh environment is relative, and contingent on many human factors. Qallunaat suffering in the Arctic is legendary, but it often had less to do with the landscape, and more to do with how Qallunaat traveled through it, where they chose to travel, and how they imagined the entire region as the antithesis of home. The Qallunaat who documented Arctic peoples so extensively in the Victorian era were not simply observers of Inuit at home. They were witnessing a society they had disrupted, and they often contributed, intentionally or not, to where and how Inuit lived and died. To sum up, it is not that the Arctic is any less of a home than temperate climates. It is that the Qallunaat vision of what a home is, and how to live there, has—for now—come to dominate how outsiders think and talk about the Arctic.

Keywords:   Pangnirtung, colonialism, Qikiqtani Truth Commission, home, travel, Inuit, resettlement, Kanajuq, Qallunaat, resistance

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