Ahiarmiut Relocation Claim Settlement

Ahiarmiut Relocation Claim Settlement – Infographic
Description of Relocation Claim Settlement – Infographic

Looking back: history of failed relocations

1950: Without proper consultation or planning, Canada relocated Ahiarmiut from Ennadai Lake to unfamiliar island in Nueltin Lake without adequate shelter, supplies or caribou to hunt;  Ahiarmiut then take 3 months to return home on foot

1957: Ahiarmiut relocated to North Henik and Oftedal Lakes; little government support, few caribou and desperate conditions lead to deaths of 7 community members

1958: After 3-day walk to Padlei post, survivors airlifted to Arviat in response to starvation conditions

1959-1960: Ahiarmiut relocated from Arviat to Rankin Inlet and then Whale Cove to join other Inuit on coast, with continuing hardship and cultural impacts

By 1969: Most Ahiarmiut had settled in Arviat

The claim

In 2008, the Ahiarmiut filed litigation against Canada seeking compensation and an apology for the relocations and the resulting  losses.

Path to a negotiated settlement

  • January 2017: Start of exploratory talks
  • April 2018: Negotiations begin
  • September 2018: Community approval
  • September 2018: Canada approves settlement
  • January 2019: Federal apology for relocations

The negotiated settlement

  • Apology to Ahiarmiut from Canada
    for negative impacts of  the failed relocations
  • $5.75 million in compensation
    for relocatees/their families and to foster healing and reconciliation

Historical photos courtesy of David Serkoak are a group photo from the last Ahiarmiut reunion at Ennadai Lake in September 1985 and a photo of his brother Silas Illungiayok drum dancing during that reunion.

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