Kanayuk Pootoogook

Kanayuk Pootoogook was born in 1948, and moved to Kinngait in 1958. Her grandfather was told to relocate there due to his illness and his family went with him. Her testimony includes information about missionaries relying on her father and grandfather’s dogs to visit the camps. Their dogs were also used to provide people with food. When she was fifteen, while in Iqaluit with her father and a few relatives, her father’s dogs and her brother’s dogs were all killed. She went back to Kinngait by plane. She remembers that after her father lost his dogs, he became angry and turned to alcohol. Kanayuk recalls that a couple of children were attacked by dogs while she was young, including her three year old sister.