Jonah Kelly

Jonah Kelly was born in 1946. He initially lived in Lake Harbour and various wintering camps. Jonah testifies that somewhere between the ages of 9 and 12 he moved to Iqaluit with his family. His testimony includes information about attending school in Apex from 1957 to 1963. The RCMP threatened to cut off his parents' social benefits if they did not send their children to school. Jonah was employed in various positions at a rehabilitation centre (INAC), and with the CBC from 1967 to 1996. Upon the move to Iqaluit, Jonah testifies that dogs were neglected and the dog shootings began. Jonah states that his brother-in-law’s dogs were shot between 1959 and 1960, causing him to quit hunting and to start drinking alcohol out of boredom. Jonah states that these events caused his people to be cut off from their traditional way of life.