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

Harper, Kenn, author
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  • Creator Kenn Harper
  • Format Books
  • Publication Iqaluit, NU : Nunavut Arctic College Media, [2017] ©2017
  • Physical Details
    • 416 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781897568491, 1897568495
  • OCLC ocn981934465


  • "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."--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Part 1: Trading With The Inuit -- Part 2: The Killing Of Robert Janes -- Part 3: "The Immoral Ethic Of Conquest"
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