Timeline of events leading to the seal hunt controversy

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1830s British Association for the Advancement of Science . At their first meetings clear lines of demarcation were drawn between science, politics and religion. Cambridge geologist Adam Sedgwick warned that "if we transgress our proper boundaries, go into provinces not belonging to us, and open a door of communication with the dreary wild of politics, that instant will the foul Demon of discord find his way into our Eden of Philosophy." The sciences promised a paradise of consensus. Politics, infused with religion, defined the serpent."
1922 Flaherty, Robert Nanook of the North. The first documentary film ever made. Nanook is a respected Inuk hunter who demonstrates techniques of the seal (nasiq) hunt.
1893 World's Columbian Exposition Franz Boas' went to Baffin Island and Northern British Columbia to gather ethnographic material for the 1893 Smithsonian's World's Columbian Exposition.
1946 The International Whaling Commission (IWC) began regulating whaling.
1949 Sale of Inuit art on Peel Street Montreal at the Guild Beginning of contemporary period of Inuit art. (Wenzel 1985:81)
1950?s Longest Film on Joseph Idlout. Still from this was on Canadian two dollar bill from 1950s - 1990s.
1960s Research on endangered species Ringed seals are the most abundant circumpolar pinniped and one of the most abundant worldwide. (Wenzel 1985:81)
1962 Rachel Carson Her landmark book, Silent Spring marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement (Sessions, 1995).
1960s Ecocentrism ecocentrism emerged for the first time as a major intellectual and social force in American life (Sessions, 1995). (Thoreau, Muir, Leopold, Carson, Gary Snyder and Roderick Nash
1980s Committee on Seals and Sealing Canadian government created this independent body of scientists, humane experts, sealing industry representatives.
1980s Animal rights Seal protest shifted focus from cruelty to animals to moral issues of the extinction of species. (Wenzel 1985:79)
1984 IFAW postcards IFAW sent boycott postcards to 7.5 million American households. "Davis made history by generating public pressure which influenced a major legislative body...the implications of this for the future of wildlife managment was staggering.(Hencke 1985:173)
1985 Royal Commission on Sealing Paul Okalik, researcher for Makivik Corporation presented the native perspective on sealing.
1983 Economy of the North Until 1983 cash came from seal skins
1999 April Nunavut formed. Paul Okalik becomes premier of Nunavut. ..




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