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Northerners

Northerners

Profiles of People in the Northwest Territories

By Doug Holmes

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In Northerners--a collection of profiles of people in the former Northwest Territories--Douglas Holmes paints a picture of the North that is as informative as it is entertaining.

There are churchmen like René Fumoleau, the Roman Catholic priest who shocked many members of his church by denouncing the role of Catholicism in the oppression of First Nations people; and Benjamin Arreak, an Anglican minister who was almost driven out of his first parish by his Inuit flock because he was not white.

There are Native leaders like Cece McCauley, the first woman to become a Dene chief and the operator of a restaurant at the Inuvik airport; and Stephen Kakfwi, former president of the Dene nation and a key figure in the negotiations of the land-claim settlement with the Dene/Metis of the Mackenzie valley.

There are politicians like the buckskin-wearing Nick Sibbeston, former government leader and a politician known for throwing tantrums in the legislature; the prominent Liberal Lynda Sorensen, who temporarily gave up politics in the 1980s to work with First Nations people; and Peter Ittinuar, the Inuit MP whose life lay in tatters after his defeat in the 1984 federal election and a criminal conviction for wife-beating.

There is the internationally renowned artist David Ruben Piqtoukun, the champion dog musher Richard Beck, and the reindeer rancher William Nasogauluk. And then there are the plain folk like Ed Klaus, king of the truckers on one of the most treacherous routes anywhere; and Anna Nungaq, an Inuit who was caught in a government relocation scheme in the 1950s and who finally moved back to her home in northern Quebec three decades later.

By vividly portraying real people living in a real world, Northerners illuminates the lives of those men and women who have made the North what it is today.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 190 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1989
ISBN: 9781550282153
Format: 9in x 6in
illustrated with photographs

BIC Code: BG, HBTB, JFSL9
BISAC Code:  BIO000000, SOC021000
Imprint: Lorimer


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