We Were So Far Away > Survivors

Lillian Elias

Theme

Silenced Language

Region

Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Quote

"You didn’t dare speak your language"

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Marjorie Flowers

Theme

Cultural Loss

Region

Nunatsiavut

Quote

“My hope for the future is to acknowledge what has happened, rise above it and become the strong people again that we were before all this happened.”

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Shirley Flowers

Theme

Intergenerational Impacts

Region

Nunatsiavut

Quote

"If we don’t speak out and if we don’t say something our children and our grandchildren will never know our truth."

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Peter Irniq

Theme

Healing and Reconciliation

Region

Nunavut

Quote

“This will form part of the history, Canadian history, particularly for the Inuit.”

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Carolyn Niviaxie

Theme

Honouring Tradition

Region

Nunavik

Quote

“We were taken away from our families.”

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Abraham Ruben

Theme

Dislocation

Region

Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Quote

"Before we went back to Inuvik my mother told me to be proud of where you come from. Be proud of your culture, your traditions and what we taught you. Whatever it takes, just keep fighting."

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Marius Tungilik

Theme

Indoctrination

Region

Nunavut

Quote

“We were far away from home, very far away; emotionally, geographically and spiritually.”

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Salamiva Weetaltuk

Theme

Family Breakdown

Region

Nunavik

Quote

“As far as I was concerned, it was at the other end of the world.”

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