To connect with him, Inuit chiefs took him and his wife to the countryside, where they slept on caribou skins in an igloo on the sea ice. Upon his return, he dined with Inuit leaders and told them they could count on his continued support for their project. He was still a minister in 1993 and personally called Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to recommend that the Canadian government support both land rights and the political development provisions of the final agreement. In 2005, he spoke to one of the co-authors of this article about the importance of this campaign experience and his deep respect for Inuit leaders, negotiators and elders. .