Joelie Sanguya

Inuk director Joelie Sanguya was born on Baffin Island and  worked within the Nunavut school system for 25 years before moving into film and TV production. He joined forces with Charlotte DeWolff and Ole Gjerstad to form Piksuk Media in 2005— with a mission “to promote Inuit history and culture and to train Inuit in all aspects of media work.” With Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths, co-directed with Gjerstad, Sanguya investigates the mass killing of sled dogs between 1950 and 1970, a police practice that forced the Inuit into permanent settlements. These events are remembered differently by Inuit elders and RCMP authorities.