ohthewaywardwind:

socialistprincess:

girljanitor:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

the prices are just so fucking ridiculous

69 fucking dollars for a pack of those cheap-ass sugar water icees

Basically the backlash against commercial whaling also led to hunting “quotas” for the Inuit people. And importing food that far from where it is produced is unbelievably expensive, and the cost is all falling on these people. Who are starving now. They can’t hunt their food and their hunting culture is being degraded. They can barely hunt without being harassed by conservationists marauding and filming them without consent to show how evil their culture is.

And then Drew Barrymore makes movies about how pretty and shiny it is to “save the whales”.

this is miserable.

ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh

Umm…actually they are living in such poverty it isn’t even affordable TO hunt.

Arnatsiaq says even traditional hunting isn’t a solution, complaining that bullets and rifles are too expensive and blaming global warming for hurting animal populations.


It’s mostly due to the cost and difficulty of shipping to Nunavut, and cuts when it comes to government subsidiaries. Our current government doesn’t give a SHIT about our Aboriginal communities, and they are struggling to feed their families across the board, even where whale hunting isn’t relevant (there are TONS of statistics available, I am not going to direct you…find them yourself.) Nunavut has faced this problem for a very, very long time. Even when I was a kid (my dad worked for a company in Nunavut) he would stock up on chocolate bars when he came home to visit, because they were $12/each. Planes freeze up, and sometimes take 4-5 attempts (if not abandoning their attempt at all) to deliver groceries, and medical supplies. Sometimes the temperatures are so cold, that the food freezes and then isn’t even able to be sold. Or it takes so long to get there, that it’s actually already rotten/spoiled.

What the actual Inuit protesters are saying:

Instead, Arnatsiaq wants to see more southern suppliers shipping goods north.

“We want competition in the South so we can shop comparatively and be offered low prices in the North,” said Arnatsiaq.

Without more competition among grocery suppliers, Arnatsiaq says federal subsidies meant to offset the cost of shipping food up north won’t help reduce the price of red peppers from $16.89 per kilogram or the price of a box of 84 diapers from $73.

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And in reference to Drew Barrymore making a “shiny movie about saving whales” that was an American tale, not Canadian, about saving three grey whales who were trapped under ice. The grey whale became extinct in the North Atlantic in the 18th century, and the Western population is is listed at critically endangered. So using that as the main excuse is ridiculous. Hopefully you guys all look a little bit more into the WHY and contribute to making changes by contacting your MP or protesting yourselves rather than just getting angry on the internet and blaming a Disney movie.

EDIT: katt3985 said: if this is the result of limiting their fishing/whaling, then there isn’t anything that can seriously be done about it, given the current state of the ocean, most marine life (except jellyfish) will be extinct in about 20 years, and then they will be in a even worse situation, because everybody else is going to be in a food shortage.

I think it’s important to understand the way that these things are perceived, and it is true that I’m speaking as an American person. Cultural perceptions translate in actual policies, as you pointed our yourself. Drew Barrymore has a prolonged history of cluelessness and cultural appropriation, and damaging stereotypes like the ones she perpetuates have a real and valid connection to the abuse and deprivation of indigenous peoples everywhere.

It is my understanding that most of the food shortages around the world are caused by problems with distribution, not the amount of food available. The problem is getting anyone to give a shit and getting something done about it. That’s where this sort of thing comes in.

The reason stories like this fall through the cracks is because starving children is drowned out by cultural clamor and associations created by films and other media, and it drives a ridiculous kind of unrealistic, unquestioned zeal for “Conservationism”, in people who have no idea what it all means.

People can deride and scoff at “internet activism” all they want, but not everyone has the privilege to “go out and protest”, whether limited by disability, financial reasons, or myriad other considerations that come along with it. Not only that, but blogging something that informs 10,000 people who might actually give a crap does more to spread information than yelling at 50 or 60 people on the street who ARE NOT RECEPTIVE.

I thank you for providing specifics and your experience. We don’t disagree.

I just happen to believe that citing a movie as an example isn’t an “excuse”…whatever you mean by that? An excuse to show that public perception and its relationship to media affect actual people and their real lives?

I’m fine with the excuse.

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