‘How Greenpeace Hurt the Inuit’

“Before British Columbia’s natives ally themselves too closely with the ‘eco-warriors’ of Greenpeace in the ongoing struggle opposing the ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline, they’d be well served talking to their ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} ‘friends’ in the Arctic.

“Yes, that would be the Inuit, whose youngsters now commit suicide at a rate near the highest on the planet and 11 times the national average, and where TB still flourishes and unemployment reigns supreme.

“Ask those folk about Greenpeace and you might get a startling answer regarding the last big publicity campaign our international environmentalists sunk their perfectly-aligned teeth into.

“Or, instead, simply watch Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s 2016 documentary “Angry Inuk” {https://youtu.be/85Ns94DWAQ8 }, about the Inuit seal hunt and the decades-old conflict with southern animal rights and environmental groups.

“The anti-fur campaign was led by Greenpeace, which found the perfect marketing and fundraising tool with graphic photos of Canadian sealers bloodily bashing the heads of innocent white seal pups back in the 1970s. That certainly got the Europeans to notice — heck, Brigitte Bardot was apoplectic. So, by 1983, seal skin and fur was banned.

“The problem was the Inuit in the high Arctic never hunted that type, or age, of seal. But that was semantics to the environmentalists. The ban and resulting collapse of the fur trade would be catastrophic. It became known as ‘The Great Depression’.

When the ban went into effect, the average income of an Inuit seal hunter in Resolute Bay fell from $54,000 to $1,000. The Northwest Territories government estimated 18 out of 20 villages lost 60% of their communities’ income.

When anti-sealing came along and the hunters couldn’t even feed their families anymore, the suicide rate skyrocketed”,
recalled Arnaquq-Baril when discussing her documentary some years ago.
You can see the graph of the suicide rates, and it was already climbing severely, but you can see the spike in ’83 when the ‘European Union’ banned white coat harp seal pup skins — which is not what we hunt, but the whole market crashed.”

“The Inuit even got an apology from Greenpeace. It arrived three decades after their campaign caused such cultural devastation, but what’s that expression? Oh yes — better late than never.

“In 2014, they said ‘sorry’ and that the campaign was aimed specifically at the commercial sealing industry, not the

small-scale, subsistence hunting carried out by the north ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} and coastal people.”

The consequences, though unintentional, were far-reaching”,

was how the environmental group phrased it.

“That’s the same bunch that recently jumped atop a massive ‘Kinder Morgan’ drill in Delta, B.C., in protest, and last month unveiled a “Crudeau Oil” banner in central London, England, during a visit by the prime minister.

“The Canadian oilsands is today’s equivalent of the 1970s seal hunters for environmental groups wanting to pull in those big donor dollars.

“Meanwhile, today in Calgary, the ‘Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ will honour the Fort McKay ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 888 people} with the annual ‘Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation’ award.

“Located in the heart of the oilsands territory, the ‘nation’ {aboriginal community} recently provided the lion’s share of a $503-million investment into a joint oil storage project with ‘Suncor’ that will pay back over decades to come. Through hard work and smarts {and Race-based tax breaks}, the ‘nation’ {aboriginal community} has zero unemployment and an individual income $20,000 higher than the Canadian average.

“JP Gladu, the council’s head honcho, understands ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} people take seriously their role as ‘keepers of the land’ {A foolish racial stereotype}. But he also knows many natives work in the energy, forestry and mining businesses. And he remembers what happened to the Inuit.

We used to have a thriving business harvesting furs but when the environmentalists shut down the fur trade globally, that impacted our community, so we had to find a new way of generating a living and in these circumstances, it was the oil and gas sector”,
explained Gladu.

“Yes, the same sector that Greenpeace now has its sights set upon. History may not repeat, but it has a very nasty habit of rhyming.”

–‘Inuit bore brunt of Greenpeace activism’,
CHRIS NELSON, CALGARY HERALD, May 10, 2018
https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/nelson-inuit-bore-brunt-of-greenpeace-activism

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