Quebec’s La Presse newspaper articles outrage many Nunavik Inuit

Via Scoop.itNunavut

Quebec daily newspaper “La Presse” ran this image Feb. 25 on the front of a section containing a series of articles on Nunavik. (IMAGE COURTESY OF CYBERPRESSE.CA) [excerpt] Many in Nunanvik say Montreal’s French-language daily newspaper, La Presse, went too far, running a “negative” and “prejudiced” portrayal of Inuit in a Feb. 25 feature section. La Presse published a multi-story feature on Nunavik in its Saturday edition called La Tragédie inuite, the Inuit tragedy. (Note that the story is only available in French.) http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/national/201202/25/01-4499749-la-tragedie-inuite.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_vous_suggere_4499750_article_POS1 La Presse reporter Pascale Breton and photographer Hugo-Sébastien Aubert travelled to Puvirnituq for their series of articles on a recent murder, local school drop-out rates, and foster families. The feature package also included a photo spread on homeless Inuit living in Montreal. But Nunavimmiut said the coverage focussed too much on the social issues plaguing their region. And Kuujjuaq-raised law school graduate Joseph Flowers wrote a letter, signed by 60 Nunavimmiut, to La Presse’s editor this week which argues that the series of articles contain racist overtones. “Pascale Breton….presents a story in which we, the Inuit, are murderers, alcoholics, drop-outs, lazy, homeless, negligent parents, and citizens insensitive and unconcerned about the issues we face in our region,” Flowers writes. “Breton is simply telling us what she observed when she spent seven long days in the North. It’s true, I reply, that we have major problems in our communities, there’s no question about it,” Flowers says. “But to tell a one-sided single story after having spent a short week in one village in the North is no way to give southern Quebeckers… an idea of the nuances, of the richness, of the potential that northern life offers. “[There’s] no story about the wisdom of our elders, of the successes of our youth, of the innovative systems of governance we have, of our citizens’ economic, political, and social engagement in the villages,” Flowers says. Readers in Nunavik were equally incensed with the image that ran on the front page of the feature section in La Presse. The image shows two photos, which, when pieced together, form the body of a chained sled dog with an Inuk man’s head. […]
Via www.nunatsiaqonline.ca

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