We increase our expertise and impact through partnership networks with community and Inuit organizations, government, Inuinnait experts, academic researchers, and all parties interested in preserving and renewing Inuinnait culture.
PROFESSOR MAX FRIESEN
University of Toronto
Between 1999 and 2010, the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society partnered with the University of Toronto on an extensive archaeological program in the Iqaluktuuq area of Victoria Island. This archaeological program re-defined both the standards for community archaeology in Nunavut, and the known cultural history of Canada’s Central Arctic. Run as an annual summer land camp by archaeologist Dr. Max Friesen, the program brought together Cambridge Bay youth, Elders, and archaeological grad students to both teach and learn about the area’s history. Elders were intimately involved in the work through providing their interpretation of sites and artifacts, as well as recording their oral traditions about Inuinnait life in the area.
Max has returned to collaborate on a five-year project in the Qingauk (Bathurst Inlet) area. In 2018 a reconnaissance project was based out of Bathurst Inlet lodge, and Elders from the area were brought back to visit their homeland. Oral traditions were recorded and archaeological sites identified with the help of Cambridge Bay youth assistants. More intensive archaeological research is planned for July 2019.
GEOMATICS AND CARTOGRAPHIC RESEARCH CENTRE
The PI/KHS has collaborated for a decade with Dr. Fraser Taylor and Amos Hayes of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) to build Inuinnait knowledge applications using the Nunaliit platform. Nunaliit has been used in the development of the Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas, Inuit Places Atlas, the Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas, the Inuinnaqtun Language Documentation Tool, and work has begun on an Inuinnait Archaeology Atlas. Nunaliit based applications are a significant part of the PI/KHS digital strategy for the preservation and transmission of Inuinnait knowledge.