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Ship of Shame

Directed by Lucy Tulugarjuk
Produced by Zacharias Kunuk (Kingulliit Productions Inc.), David Christensen, Alicia Smith

In 1942, in Port Burwell on the Nunavik-Labrador coast, a group of Inuit girls and young women were separated from their families and, in a traumatic episode for the entire community, forced on-board a ship that transported them far west to Southampton Island, in today’s Nunavut. A search on the Internet revealed that the ship was the Hudson’s Bay Company’s supply vessel, the Nascopie, and that the women were needed as wives for the Inuit trappers the Company had brought to the island to supply fox furs to its profitable trading post. Ship of Shame will reconstruct this nearly forgotten event.