Ben Arnajuaq

QTHB05EN

Ben Arnajuaq was born near Igloolik in 1935. His testimony includes information about the dog sickness he witnessed in the early 1950s that killed many dogs in the area. He also describes his experience visiting other communities to trade fur. He believes that buyers were cheap with fur prices. He describes the arrival of the first non-Inuit in the community and his remunerated work at the DEW Line site. He says that he has heard Joe Piallaq’s dogs were shot by the RCMP when he was out of town as well as dog shootings in Iqaluit. He did not witness any killing at the DEW Line site dump. He currently serves as a Justice of the Peace in his community. He does not expect much compensation for Hall Beach Inuit since only few dogs were shot in the community.