The Desperate People

The Desperate People

Book - 2005
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In this impassioned sequel to People of the Deer, Farley Mowat describes a modern atrocitythe virtual genocide of the inland Inuit people, the Ihalmiut. How could this have occurred in the 20th century, in Canada, one of the most progressive societies in the world? The answer is simple: it was a tragedy brought on by an appalling series of errors, neglect, misunderstanding, disinterest and bureaucratic incompetence.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2005.
Edition: The Farley Mowat library ed.
ISBN: 9781552637333
Characteristics: 240 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.


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Jul 31, 2017

Highly biased but entertaining narrative. Should be classified as fiction rather than non fiction.

Jan 06, 2015

This book confirms the greater destruction of a people & way of life. Filled with a desperation to survive along with the temptation to gain access to modern conveniences like food without having to wonder when you're going to eat again, if ever, the Inuit are basically used & abused by an invading culture. A systemic long-term set of poor policy choices & hopeless resettlement programmes, leaves the Inuit desperate & starving in climate conditions that are terrifying. I can only imagine that the individual stories played out in the pages in this book are but a microcosm of the greater injustice that occured across the entire North of Canada.

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