Inuit in northern territory of Nunavut, where second ship from Sir John Franklins doomed expedition was discovered, say we have to be at the table
Inuit in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut, where the second ship from Sir John Franklins doomed expedition was recently discovered, are pushing for a voice at the table as Canada and Britain decide the fate of the contents and artefacts recovered from the ill-fated expedition.
We have to be at the table, said Cathy Towtongie of Nunavut Tunngavik, which represents Inuit in Nunavut. This violates the Crowns fiduciary duty to Inuit and its consultation obligation.
The Inuits push for inclusion began two years ago, shortly after the wreck of HMS Erebus was discovered in the Arctic. This weeks revelation that the second British naval vessel had been found in pristine condition in the frigid waters of the Northwest Passage gave renewed impetus to their demand.