Martha of the North

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November 8th, 2014, 10:00am – 11:30am
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

In the mid 1950s, lured by false promises of a better life, Inuit families were displaced by the Canadian government and left to their own devices in the Far North. This was part of a government plan to secure Arctic sovereignty. In this icy desert realm, five year old Martha Flaherty and her family lived through one of Canadian history’s most sombre and little-known episodes. Once again, the stories of survival are inspiring while illuminating the mistreatment of First Nations people of Canada.