The Kitikmeot Heritage Society is a volunteer-run, charitable organization with an elected board of directors and executive from the community of Cambridge Bay. Board membership consists primarily of elders from the community. While our heritage centre and the majority of our programming is located in Cambridge Bay, we remain dedicated to preserving and promoting culture, language and history across the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.
The KHS and the Community Wellness Centre are partnering on a harpoon making and seal hunting program.
This drop-in program is for Cambridge Bay community members age 18 and over and will be held at the Arctic College Community Learning Centre at 7-9 pm from Tuesday April 22nd to Friday May 2nd. Harpoon making will be guided by local elders but we encourage experienced hunters to come by to help teach and repair their equipment. The KHS will supply materials for all participants to make harpoons with either antler or brass heads, as well as other seal hunting supplies.
From April 25th-27th, the Wellness Centre’s Men in Motion program will be holding a ‘Seal and Heal’ seal hunting trip and land camp for male adults in the community.Feel free to contact Brendan Griebel at the KHS (983-3009), or Harry Maksagak (983-4160) for any additional details.
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society’s 2013 summer land camp was recently featured in the Evergreen Foundation’s on-line blog. The Evergreen Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages environmental activism in cities, and was one of the land camp program’s primary funders. The organization had never supported a Nunavut organization before, nor an organization that encouraged hunting and fishing as environmental practices. We thank them for their open minds and their generosity. The blog entry can be visited at their website www.evergreen.ca, or by clicking here.
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society has recently been invited to present its research at two international archaeology conferences. In the month of May, we will present a paper summarizing lessons learned from our last five years of community archaeology at the Canadian Archaeological Association annual meeting in London, Ontario. In September, we will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to speak on archaeology’s role in Inuit identity building at the European Archaeological Association conference. Stay tuned to our Publications and Research Collaborations page for future copies of our presentations.