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  • OPEN WATER
    September 08, 2013 - 21:50

    "because the children of our aboriginal friends won’t eat it" - this is in Goose Bay, what do you expect, Mary Brown & A&W? Life was semi-nomatic, but intentional; consider how many of us who now live a similar (but now mostly unsustainable) life in two to three locations, home, condo, cottage/cabin. “If we consider what we know of resource procurement and settlement among northern foragers, particularly those of the study area, it becomes apparent that terms such as “permanent” need to be qualified at best, if used at all. The hunting, fishing, and gathering way of life was not characterized by chance encounters with resources but involved a good deal of prior environmental knowledge, planning, and calculation (Tanner 1979). If Southern Labrador, and portions of Northern Newfoundland were not home to Inuit, they would not have remained in the area and participated in conflicts throughout the 16 and 17 centurys and there would be no motivation for Gov. Palliser to produce a treaty for the Crown in the first place.

  • Aunt Birdie
    September 07, 2013 - 13:36

    forced by violence or lured by trade northward to the Moravian mission areas - it is a little more to it than that, Hugh Pallister used the Moravian church to draw the Inuit Northward. The Moravians used the British to gain a foothold in Labrador to carry out it's mission. Education and healthcare kept Inuit from rejecting Christianity and gave them what the Newfoundland government could not. The Moravians would only accept full breed Inuit, no Metis allowed. They did not want the corrupting mixed influence to taint "their Inuit". Trade missions south were discouraged. Pilfer is what modern Canadians do on private worksites. Stealing. Inuit were for the most part salvaging, foraging, from public commons, but preferred trade, as Ramah Bay chert was exported beyond the current USA border. This piece is a factual, informative and a refreshing change from spinning our wheels without the traction of history to let us get where we are going. From Fort York, to Fort Trial, Inuit and British have a great history of cooperation, despite many misunderstandings. Many British-Inuit Metis are living in Newfoundland and beyond, apolitically hoping for unity within Labrador before she is further ravishedby miners and our own crown corporations. History, solidarity and discourse are the way.