Becoming a dog musher was Okpik's childhood dream.
However, in the early 1960s, government agents shot the dogs of Quaqtaq, and 11-year-old Harry's dream was destroyed.
Twelve years later, after a traumatic education at a residential school, Okpik lost a leg as a result of an accidentally self-inflicted wound. He spent three years in hospital, estranged from his community.
Okpik returned home to reclaim his identity by revisiting his childhood dream, helping to bring back an Inuit tradition that had been lost for decades.
Featuring a soundtrack by Montreal producer Ramachandra Borcar, Rietveld's debut documentary is a powerful human story about a man whose exceptional life and message of determination transcend cultural differences.
Okpik's Dream airs January 2 at 5 p.m. EST and January 3 at 1 p.m. EST on CBC Quebec and CBC North.