Relations Between Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers and Eastern Arctic Inuit During Dog Patrols, 1920-1940 - Danny Baril
2:30 PM, Saturday 5 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
Sherbrooke Pavilion (SH) - SH-3140
The context of the arrival of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers in the Eastern Arctic in the early 1920s is relatively well known. During this decade, the Canadian government opened several police posts to enforce its laws and assert its sovereignty over the North in the continuity of its colonial enterprise. On the other hand, there are still many gray areas regarding the interactions between the constables and the Inuit of the region during dog sled patrols. Through the analysis of archival documents written by RCMP officers at Craig Harbour, Lake Harbour, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Port Burwell, Bache Peninsula and Dundas Harbour posts from 1920 to 1940, this research highlights this crucial period in the genesis of the relations between Inuit and the Canadian government in the Eastern Arctic.