I Will Live for Both of Us: A History of Colonialism, Uranium Mining, and Inuit Resistance – book review

Joan Scottie, Warren Bernauer and Jack Hicks, I Will Live for Both of Us: A History of Colonialism, Uranium Mining, and Inuit Resistance (University of Manitoba Press 2022), 264pp. The story of an Inuit woman’s organisation of opposition to colonial expropriation is an inspiring narrative of resistance, finds John Clarke

I Will Live for Both of Us depicts the colonial relationship between the Inuit people and the Canadian state and shows how the latter serves the extractive industries. The process of dispossession, however, is shown from the perspective of those who have faced it. We see the harsh measures that were imposed on the Inuit along with the manipulative methods of governments and mining companies. Sadly, we also witness the mechanisms of collaboration within the oppressed population.

At the outset, we are informed that ‘My Christian name is Joan, but Paningaya’naaq is the name I was given when I was […]

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