When the fur trade started to move north in the early 1900s, the Arctic Fox took on much more significance as a resource. Before then we would build stone traps to capture fox in order to use the fur. Fox was almost never eaten by Inuit, but its food was not wasted since it could be fed to dogs. Once trapping became important, the patterns and the way we used the land changed greatly. We would move inland in the wintertime in order to be near the areas where fox was plentiful. Unfortunately, this activity would often take us away from areas where we could find food for ourselves.
Inuit Tapirisat of Canada

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