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Edited by Thierry Rodon


ISBN: 978-1-896204-90-1

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Inuktitut ISBN: 978-1-896204-91-8

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5.5” x 8.5”

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252 pages

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Trade paperback

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Ittinuar, Canada’s first Inuk Member of Parliament, was born in 1950 in Chesterfield Inlet, an Inuit community on the coast of Hudson Bay. Ittinuar had a traditional upbringing that stood apart because of his love of reading. He was picked to take part in the “Eskimo Experiment” and sent to live with a family in Ottawa. He rose through the qallunaat world, becoming the first Inuk Member of Parliament during the crucial period of the patriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1979.