CFUW Kanata History Group

Friday, May 31, 2019      9:30-11:30 a.m.

Kanata Seniors Centre  (click to see map)

The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada's North

"As ruggedly beautiful as the circumpolar north in which it evolved, the Canadian Inuit Dog has been a vital partner to the Arctic’s indigenous people for millennia, helping them navigate, hunt and survive their frozen world. “The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada’s North” is an in-depth look at this ancient landrace, which predates modern breeds like the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute. A deft and deeply researched exploration of this aboriginal canine’s history, genetics, form and function, this new book by Kim Han also chronicles the Inuit Dog’s clashes with modernity, which threaten its existence more ominously than any Arctic blizzard."

"These dogs are some of the toughest working dogs on the planet."

Kim Han

MLIS - University of Western Ontario

MA German - Carleton University   

A native of Indonesia, Kim Han lived in Munich, Germany, for five years before immigrating to Canada in 1963. She graduated with a Master's degree in German from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is multilingual and able to speak, read, and write in English, German, Dutch, and Indonesian.

Kim has had a varied and interesting career that included work with CIDA; the Canadian Embassy and NGOs in The Hague; the Archives of the International Court of Justice in The Hague; as a casual librarian at the Ottawa Public Library; and a long-term commitment (15 years) as a volunteer at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

Kim is passionately interested in Inuit culture and has conducted in-depth research about the dogs that feature so largely in Inuit culture. Her presentation will explain why she wrote her book about the Canadian Inuit Dog, the dogs' ancient beginnings, why these dogs are so special, their significance in Inuit culture, and the charity she is donating all proceeds of the book to.

Kim will bring copies of her book. You can check it out at these links: and

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