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6:30 pm in Lion Hall watch the award-winning documentary film Angry Inuk. Inuvialuit artist in residence Maureen Gruben, who will join us for several upcoming services, has recommended seeing the film in preparation for her visit. 

Made in Nunavut, the Inuvialuit economy is similar to that depicted in the film. Communities there experienced the same results when in 1983 the Eurpoean Union banned the imports of certain sealskins.

Angry Inuk, directed by Inuk Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, gives an Indigenous point of view to the anti-sealing ban. Even though the legislation only targeted one type of sealskin (made from white-coat harp pup seals), the campaign ruined the reputation of sealskin and the whole market crashed. The Inuit were dependent on the sealskin market for food, clothing and cash to support their families. Poverty and suicide rates increased in Inuit communities.

The film won the Vimeo on Demand Audience Award and a $25,000 cash prize at the 2016 Hot Docs festival and has been shown to enthusiastic audiences around the world since then. It was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of Canada’s Top 10 films of 2016. 

 The film is 1 hour and 25 minutes long. Please view the trailer.