David Mickiyuk

David Mickiyuk was born in 1953. His testimony includes information on the use of dog teams, and the RCMP’s role in dog control. He recalls that the RCMP shot loose dogs in Kuujjuaarpik. David testifies that he was bitten by a dog when he was five years old. He relocated to Sanikiluaq in 1967 when he was 14 years old. His family was moved by boat and they brought along all of their dogs. David started to use his father’s dog team when he was 17 years old. His father eventually killed his own dogs when he moved to the South Camp at Itilirajuq. In the 1990s David attempted to acquire his own dog team, but he found real huskies too expensive. In 1997 he bought five puppies of another breed and he eventually started to travel by dog team. David remembers there were some disagreements in his community among people who had come from different areas. David worked in construction during the 1970s, and today he teaches art and physical education.