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Problematic Postage: Canada’s Claim to the Arctic through a Postage Stamp



Settler societies have simultaneously attempted to extinguish Indigenous claims to lands while appropriating aspects of Indigenous cultures to differentiate themselves on the global stage. They have done this through a variety of methods, including the issuance of stamps as symbols of a greater national narrative. This article seeks to demystify one such example, the 1955 “Eskimo hunter.” It is argued that this stamp, issued by the Canadian Post Office Department, sought to incorporate Inuit culture into the Canadian imaginary while strengthening the nation’s tenuous claim to the High Arctic during the 1950s, coinciding with the relocation of several Inuit families to Ellesmere and Cornwallis islands.