Nunavut man says heavy burden lifted after determining location of mother’s grave – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 201989 Views

Apr 18, 2019

‘A great weight had been lifted up,’ says former politician Jack Anawak

Jack Anawak has waited more than 60 years to know where his mother is buried.

Anawak, a well-known figure in Nunavut politics who was born in the community of Naujaat, says he was about five years old when he last saw his mother. She was taken away on a plane for tuberculosis treatment in southern Canada, he said.

A local priest later told him she would never return: she had died while away, on March 8, 1958.

Sixty-one years later, to the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an apology on behalf of Canada to Inuit for their mistreatment under federal tuberculosis policy in the mid-20th century.

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