Gemma Piallaq

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Gemma Piallaq was born in 1935 in Repulse Bay (Naujaat) and she currently lives in Hall Beach. Her testimony includes information about camp life, hunting, dog rearing and Inuit relations with the DEW Line and the presence of non-Inuit. She mentions that the Inuit were told to keep the dogs tied up in the community and not to let them go near the DEW Line dump. She also mentions an episode in which she felt very sick and her body was stiff while she was walking alone. It took her the whole day to get home. Her niece was affected by the same symptoms in the same area and died soon after.