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CONTRIBUTION · 4th February 2011
Rev. Kevin D. Annett
. . . with apologies to George Orwell
4 February 2011

Dear editor, and citizenry,

It is indeed touching that the B.C. government - urged on by an outraged media and public - is officially investigating the shooting of one hundred sled dogs last April in Whistler, B.C.

One wonders where the same concern was when over 20,000 Inuit sled dogs were shot by RCMP officers during the 1950's and '60's.

According to the Qikiqtani Truth Commission held by the Inuit people in 2008, most of their sled digs were deliberately slaughtered by the Mounties to force Inuits off their lands and out of their traditional lifestyles. As a result, countless Inuit died after being forced into poverty, welfare dependency and alcoholism. (CBC News, June 18, 2008)

The Canadian media is bemoaning the fate of the Whistler sled dogs, whose passing is not causing anyone to die. Of course, those dogs belonged to white people. And "our" dogs, naturally, deserve a proper burial now: unlike the Inuits, or more than 50,000 Indian residential school children.

Oh, Canada.

Rev. Kevin D. Annett

260 Kennedy St.
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2H8
ph: 250-753-3345
mail: hiddenfromhistory,,,

Read more on the Inuit Sled Dog killings here.

See the Terrace Daily initial report on the Whistler Sled Dog killings here
Rev. Kevin D. Annet
Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 12th February 2011
Thank you for posting, Reverend Kevin Annett. I am familiar with your work and support your cause.

You have opened my eyes to many things.
Comment by Alfie McDames on 7th February 2011
Some perspective was neede in this story and you gave it Rev. Kevin, thank you.