Joanasie Iqaluk

Joanasie Iqaluk was born in 1934 and grew up in Kaataapik. He recalls that there were times of hunger while he was growing up. Joanasie’s testimony also includes information on dogs. He states that dogs were the only means of transportation and survival. In 1954, at 19 years old, Joanasie left his home to be treated for tuberculosis in Moose Factory. He states that there were many Inuit at the hospital and he remembers that there was an interpreter at the hospital who helped them to understand what was going on. Joanasie returned home when he was twenty years old. At this time he acquired his first dog team, although he states that some of these dogs were later killed.