Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers: The Transformation of Inuit Settlement in the Central Arctic

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In recent years the view has emerged that the Inuit were coerced by the Canadian government into abandoning life in scattered camps for centres of habitation. In Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers David Damas demonstrates that for many years government policies helped maintain dispersed settlement, but that eventually concerns over health, housing, and education and welfare brought about policy changes that inevitably led to centralization. Damas shows that while there were cases of government-directed relocation ...
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Overview

In recent years the view has emerged that the Inuit were coerced by the Canadian government into abandoning life in scattered camps for centres of habitation. In Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers David Damas demonstrates that for many years government policies helped maintain dispersed settlement, but that eventually concerns over health, housing, and education and welfare brought about policy changes that inevitably led to centralization. Damas shows that while there were cases of government-directed relocation to centres, centralization was largely voluntary as the Inuit accepted the advantages of village living.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780773524040
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Native and Northern Ser.
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 Early Settlement in the Central Arctic 6
2 The Policy of Dispersal 27
3 Settlement in the 1950s - I 52
4 Settlement in the 1950s - II 81
5 The Welfare State Policy 107
6 Settlement in the 1960s - I 132
7 Settlement in the 1960s - II 164
8 Reflections and Retrospect 187
Notes 205
Bibliography 259
Index 270
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