Students looking at Copper Inuit artifact display. (Kim
Hakongak Community Library and Cultural Centre was
opened in May 2002 in Kiilinik High School. The centre boasts
an fully integrated school/public library, cultural centre, museum,
art gallery and archives. One of the first of its kind in the country,
the centre allows for the integration of traditional knowledge and
modern knowledge. The centre also provides a meaningful way in which
elders and other community members can become a part of the formal
The Cultural centre has several museum style displays interpreting
different aspects of Copper Inuit history and material culture.
The displays are based on traditional knowledge recorded by the
Kitikmeot Heritage Society, and early twentieth century artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Explore the
two examples below.