The Long Exile

The Long Exile

A True Story of Deception and Survival Among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic

Book - 2006
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A chilling true story of deception and survival set amidst the Inuit communities of the Canadian Arctic.

In 1922 the Irish-American explorer Robert Flaherty made a film called âe~Nanook of the Northâe(tm) which captured the world's imagination. Soon afterwards, he quit the Arctic for good, leaving behind his bastard son, Joseph, to grow up Eskimo.

Thirty years later a young, inexperienced policeman, Ross Gibson, was asked by the Canadian government to draw up a list of Inuit who were to be resettled in the uninhabited polar Arctic and left to fend as best they could. Joseph Flaherty and his family were on that list. They were told they were going to an Arctic Eden of spring flowers and polar bears. But it didn't turn out that way, and this, Joseph Flaherty's story, tells how it did.

Publisher: London [England] : Fourth Estate, 2006.
ISBN: 9780007157976
Branch Call Number: 305.89712 MCG
Characteristics: xi, 302 pages ;,23 cm


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Dec 18, 2014

This book gives answers to the questions of why the Inuit never migrated South, why they stayed in the North & how they were transplanted to the far North. Their treatment is an abomination of human rights abuses & their survival is a testimonial to their industrious & unrelenting determination to survive in conditions that would quickly kill anyone on this planet. The book is focussed on a few families in particular in order to develop the character & personality of specific Inuit people, but in concluding chapters, the magnitude & devastation of the Inuit way of life is fully displayed with statistics & general facts. The decades-long revisionist history provided by the Canadian Government disseminated through the media is a perfect example of colonial hubris & willful blindness, resulting in a systemic disregard of the facts. On August 18, 2010 the Government of Canada issued an apology for the relocation of the Inuit.

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