What was the main objective of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission?
Since World War Two, the Canadian government has initiated profound social, economic and cultural changes in the North that have had a far-reaching, negative and lingering influence on the lives of Qikiqtani Inuit. The vast majority of these decisions were made without consulting Inuit and the consequences are still felt today.
The main objective of the Commission, therefore, was to ensure a more accurate history of those events and their consequences, from the perspective of Qikiqtani Inuit. The work of the QTC provides all of us—Inuit and other Canadians alike— with a foundation of authoritative, culturally balanced historical knowledge that we can rely on to help reconcile past mistakes.
The broader truth and reconciliation process seeks to promote healing and forgiveness among those who suffered from historic wrongs, and to repair relations between Inuit and governments. In Inuktitut terms, Qikiqtani Inuit are seeking saimaqtigiiniq: peace with past opponents.
Ultimately, QTC hopes that its findings and recommendations empower Inuit to create a more promising future for themselves. Acknowledgment of the pain Inuit suffered because of misguided government decisions is an important part of the process needed to heal individual wounds, bridge misunderstandings and inspire forgiveness within families and between cultures.