Joanasie Illauq

Joanasie Illauq was born in 1949 in an outpost camp near Clyde River. His testimony includes vivid memories of his childhood experience at the TB sanitarium in Hamilton. He was mistreated there, along with other Inuit children, because he spoke Inuktitut. Joanasie also describes the loss of most of his dogs as an adult while he travelled to Clyde River for re-supply. Some of his dogs got loose at night and were shot by an RCMP officer and by the HBC store manager. Joanasie recounts his difficult trip back to his camp with his brother. They had very few dogs and a large load to carry.