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The Inuit of Quebec will receive $3 million in compensation from the provincial government for the harm caused to their way of life by the slaughter of up to 1,000 sled dogs, or qimmiit, in the 1950s and 1960s, according to an agreement signed on August 8.
Jean Charest, premier of Quebec, signed the agreement personally with the Makivik Corp., a non-profit Inuit organization, to acknowledge that killing the Inuit’s primary means of transportation stripped them of their ability to hunt, trap
the full report on just what happened and why is unclear... cited were health and safety concerns... so rather than deal with a few dog droppings they killed the animals and made life very hard for a people who need their sled dogs to survive up north like they do...