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 Kitikmeot Heritage Society will be sponsoring traditional food and activities at this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Cambridge Bay. Come out on July 1st to partake in delicious char chowder, musk-ox burgers, bannock, and candied char, and to play a series of traditional games. We would like to thank Heritage Canada for its generous support of these activities through the Celebrate Canada! program.
The May Hakongak Community Library and Cultural centre gets so much support from local community members and folks across Canada. Recently we put a call out for used books & DVDs and the response was just overwhelming. Every item must be catalogued before it is added to the collection, so the KHS librarians will be pretty busy for the next little while thanks to your support!
A lot of donations came from the Cambridge Bay community. Heather Omiligoitok donated 85 books, Athlyne Etienne donated 48 books, Susie Fletcher donated 26 books, Svetlana Erickson donated 13 books, and Willie Lyall donated 204 DVDs! Quana so much everyone.
We were also honoured to receive a donation of Braille books from Jen Golden at the CNIB in Ottawa. Two of our library regulars, Ashley and Anthony, who are blind were happy to have new books to read. Earlier this year, Jane George, who donated a 500 books to our northern collection in 2011 visited the KHS this year to show us some of her favourite books. Quana Jen and Jane.
So, if you think you’ve already read all the books or seen all the DVDs in our collection, be on the lookout for some new ones.
Krista Zawadski (right) of Chesterfield Inlet & Rankin Inlet was at the Kitikmeot Heritage Society for the past week conducting her Masters research in Anthropology about the variety of heritage centres and museums across Nunavut. The KHS Elders in Residence, staff and community welcomed Krista to Cambridge Bay, and have been delighted to know that an Inuk is pursuing this type of research.