Saila Kipanik

Saila Kipanik was born in 1948. He originally lived in Kinngait, but moved to Kimmirut in 1955, and then Iqaluit in 1958. Saila was raised by adoptive parents following his mother’s death in 1955. His testimony includes information about traditional Inuit hunting practices, oral history, and Inuit adaptation. Saila notes that when his family’s dogs were shot in the summer of 1958 in Iqaluit, his family lost everything because the dogs were their only resource for transportation and hunting. Saila questions why Inuit dogs were not inoculated sooner against rabies.