Milton Freeman

Milton Freeman was born in 1934 in London, England. Milton first traveled to Sanikiluaq [Belcher Islands] in the spring of 1959, and he remained there until September 1959. He returned to the area in 1960 and 1961. He also made occasional trips throughout the 1970s, 1990s and in 2000 for purposes of research. From 1965 to 1967 he settled in Grise Fiord to conduct a study on sled dogs. In his testimony Freeman discusses the concept of ‘ilira’ and the fear that the Inuit had towards the police, especially due to forced medical evacuations. He also discusses the importance of food and hunting among the Inuit, issues of kinship and northern resource development. He draws upon his extensive experience in the North to comment on the role of the federal government from the 1960s to the present day and issues in relation to Inuit dispersal. Milton also comments on the training of dogs in the North.