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Why is Nunavut's crime rate much higher than Canada's?

Members of the RCMP detachment in Iqaluit, Nunuvut, make an arrest in this Novemember, 2010 file photo.

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Crime has soared in Nunavut since the territory was founded 12 years ago, amid high hopes of restoring Inuit people's control of their destiny. It now has Canada's highest rates of homicide, suicide and substance abuse, as well as the nation's worst public health picture. Is Nunavut a failure in nation building? And if so, what must be done to heal history's scars?



Follow the Globe's Patrick White and Peter Power through a multimedia-rich tour of Nunavut and its struggle for answers here at The Trials of Nunavut . Video documentaries, photo galleries, stats packages and a compelling narrative guide you throughout the territory, from the back of an RCMP cruiser in the capital of Iqaluit to an emotional healing service in one of Canada's most remote outposts. Then add your own thoughts and ideas to the conversation.

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