No Voices for Indigenous People in Thule
Tucumec Peary is a hunters wife in Qaanaaq. Her husband, Mamarut Kristiansen, tries to live as a professional hunter. In our interview with her, she describe their situation as very challenging.
– It is like we have been forgotten. We have been treated like garbage. Like we don’t live in this land. It used to be better when we had a person from our community represented in the parliament in Nuuk. Now there are no one there to speak our words.
Tucumeq Peary is among many people in the polar region of Greenland who have not seen much of The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in their real life the last ten years.
– We have tried to contact the government to make them understand our situation, but they won’t listen. We have a different life here than in the south.
I many ways, the polar eskimo woman is facing more problems than their men. When the men can’t get enough money, the women have to work more, they are the ones who pay all the bills. To be a woman in Qaanaaq is difficult, also because there is no nursery or assistance to get when they are having a baby.
– We have to leave our kids, our family, to live down south for a month or two. The trip take two or three days, depending on where you live.