Sammie Qaummariaq

Sammie Qaummariaq was born in 1938 near Iqaluit. Her testimony includes information about childrearing practices in Inuit camp, about dog shooting and their impacts on her family. Her husband’s dogs were killed in 1955 while they were left untied in the community and their masters were away. After the dogs were killed, her family often went hungry since her husband was not working in the community. She remembers seeing police officers shooting dogs without a warning or an explanation, even when the dogs ran away under the houses and within the community. She remembers that the Inuit would do whatever they were told by non-Inuit, out of fear.