Qapik Attagutsiak, last survivor of Inuit war effort and beloved elder, dies at 103

 By Bob Weber THE CANADIAN PRESS Qapik Attagutsiak was already a young woman in 1940, a mother at ease on the land and a skilled midwife, when she heard about a conflict occurring among many people in faraway lands. Qapik, who preferred using that name in the Inuit tradition, was hunting walrus with her family near Foxe Basin when the local Catholic priest told her about battles being fought by men jumping from planes. “Inuit are afraid to kill other people,” Qapik told a Parks Canada interviewer in 2018. “We were afraid that our husbands would be killed if they encountered anyone who had jumped from an airplane. We would think that they will never come back.” No paratroops landed in what is now Nunavut during the Second World War….

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