QIA & RCMP to unveil monument honouring Inuit Special Constables and qimmiit.
Iqaluit, Nunavut – November 30, 2021 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and V Division RCMP will be unveiling a monument honouring the legacy and contribution of Inuit Special Constables and qimmiit. The unveiling will occur in front of V Division headquarters in Iqaluit on December 2nd at 11:30 AM.
“QIA is proud of the work of Inuit carvers in bringing this era to life through their art,” said QIA President Olayuk Akesuk. “The recognition of Inuit special constables and qimmiit and their legacy is a vital step towards reconciliation in our region. We are pleased to see that Recommendation #3 of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission can be moved forward.”
“V Division RCMP is honoured to have had the opportunity to work with QIA and the Inuit carvers on this incredible project that will recognize the courageous work of the Inuit Special Constable, and the qimmiit, for generations to come. The monument is an important step towards reconciliation, building trust and renewing our relationships with the Inuit in Nunavut,” says V Division RCMP Commanding Officer Amanda Jones.
From the early to mid-1900s Inuit Special Constables accompanied RCMP members, serving as translators and guides. Patrols involved travel by dog sled or boat and the Special Constables hunted to keep the RCMP fed and clothed.
This advances the Qikiqtani Truth Commission Recommendation #3 that “The QIA and RCMP should formally recognize the contributions of Inuit Special Constables and their families to the work of the RCMP in the region.”
For more information, please contact:
Acting Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association