Terrance (Terry) Jenkin

Terry Jenkin was born in 1935. In 1954 he began serving with the RCMP. He remained with the RCMP for 33 ½ years in various locations including Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord. He retired in 1988 and took a position with the Department o f Transportation in Ottawa, later working with the Atomic Energy Control Board. Terry's testimony includes information on monitoring DEW Line stations and on the interactions between the Inuit and whites in the area, as well as health care and housing in the north. He notes that there was little need for law enforcement because the Inuit were a law-abiding people. Terry testifies that in 1957 and 1958 warnings were posted regarding loose dogs in Kimmirut and Iqaluit. He acknowledges problems in translation but notes that the main point did get across. Terry estimates that on any given day there were 40 to 50 dogs roaming at the town dump, and small packs of dogs running in the area. He also recalls three dog attacks that brought on the need to control the dogs. The attacks occurred because the dogs were hungry. Terry states that dogs in Apex were shot by RCMP officers in accordance with the dog ordinance, but that often it was impossible to identify who owned the dogs. He only remembers shooting one dog personally. This occurred while he was stationed in Pangnirtung, and it turned out to be a police dog. Dog carcasses were disposed of at the dump. Terry states that there was no RCMP policy to destroy dogs. Terry’s last RCMP posting was in Grise Fiord in 1962.