Greenland Reconciliation Commission works from the point of view that historical events have a direct influence on the present society.
Both the less fortunate and good elements in the historical development have left mark on the society. The course of the Second World War accompanied several changes in Greenland policy, including greater Greenlandic influence and a moderation of the policy of protection, which the colonial era was characterized by. After the Second World War negotiations for a modern Greenland started culminating with the constitutional amendment in 1953. Officially Greenland became an equal part of Denmark after 1953, however, in reality there were still differences. Greenlanders received lower salary and had difficulties in accessing jobs.
A general method to modernize Greenland was making Greenland more Danish where Danish language and culture would help the community to develop in the right direction. For economic reasons the so-called “concentration policy” was initiated with the purpose of concentrating the population so that the costs can be reduced.
Over time, the trend is that Greenland acquires more influence on own internal affairs, however, the historical legacy continues to have a profound influence on the society.