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23 Omingmak Street

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

(867) 983-3009

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ABOUT  US

The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society is a leader for culture and heritage in Nunavut. We are guided by an Inuinnaq Executive Director and Board, and are among the territory’s longest established heritage organizations. With over 20 years experience in cultural research and program delivery, we have earned the support and trust of our community, and built solid partnerships and recognition at national and international levels.

 

We use our professional standing to address projects of critical importance to the revival of Inuit culture, language and history. We focus on the critical needs of Inuinnait—a distinct regional group of Inuit living in the Central Canadian Arctic. The Inuinnaqtun language—the foundation of Inuinnait culture—has less than 600 fluent speakers remaining. By most estimates, it is a language that will be extinct in less than two generations. The disappearance of Inuinnaqtun precipitates the loss of culturally unique knowledge, relationships and engagements with the world.

Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq 

means ‘learning through culture’ in Inuinnaqtun.

MISSION
To preserve and renew Inuinnait knowledge, language and culture for the benefit of all Inuit.



VISION
To concentrate and connect the resources, expertise and technology critical to Inuinnait cultural and linguistic survival.

 

VALUES 

Inuinnaqtun Immersion

Inuinnait Governance

Flexibility and Innovation

Collaboration

Community Wellbeing


 

 

Over the next 5 years, our organization will seek to reverse the trend of Inuinnaqtun language and knowledge loss. We will establish strong human and digital networks that bring together Inuinnait communities and create innovative solutions to overcoming geographical, political and economic barriers to knowledge exchange and revitalization. We will foster a unified Inuinnait voice that speaks to the issues and priorities of our respective communities, and calls for initiatives of change. Most importantly, we will harness the expertise of remaining Elders and Inuinnaqtun speakers and direct their valuable knowledge towards the renewal of our culture.

We will do this through the following Strategic Priorities:

INUINNAQTUN
LANGUAGE SURVIVAL

We will lead a coordinated and transformational effort to reverse the loss of Inuinnaqtun in our communities. 

KNOWLEDGE RENEWAL
AND TRANSFER

We will provide daily opportunities for community members to consult Elders on traditional knowledge, and to be mentored in traditional skills. 

DIGITAL
STRATEGIES

We will develop new digital tools to facilitate Inuinnait access, ownership and usability of our traditional knowledge. 

INUINNAIT
ARCHAEOLOGY

We will combine oral history and archaeological research to build a better understanding of the Inuinnait past. 

BUILDING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

We will create a solid foundation through which to meet our goals, deliver core activities and programming, and ensure long-term viability and success. 

 

 

READ OUR 2019-2024 STRATEGIC PLAN HERE