EXHIBITS AND COLLECTIONS
We are a leader in northern museum programming. We specialize in building community-driven exhibits that prioritize Inuit employment and learning throughout all phases of their development. Our displays use detailed archival and oral historical research to educate about Inuinnait culture, language and history. We build these exhibits in-house, and often hold community workshops and technology revitalization programs to create objects and artworks for display. We curate exhibits for museums throughout Nunavut, Canada and abroad.
Our team of Elders and cultural knowledge holders are also active in helping other institutions interpret and build upon their cultural holdings. We have worked with the world's largest collections of Inuinnait material culture, and provided valuable information regarding the cultural context, traditional use, and manufacture techniques of the objects they contain. We also help museums make their collections more accessible to Inuit through the development of digital return platforms.
Mary Avalak puts the finishing touches on a drum dance suit for exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society has an environmentally controlled storage space for its archives and collections. While limited in our material holdings, we prioritize the collection of objects and documents relating directly to the history and culture of Inuinnait and the Ikaluktuuq region. We also display materials that are on long-term loan from other museums. Our collection consists of material objects, oral histories, photographs and other documented forms of knowledge and skill. Cultural collections are regularly exhibited at the May Hakongak Cultural Centre through an in-house museum design program.
Check out virtual exhibits and collections:
THE EVA STRICKLER COLLECTION
THE DIAMOND JENNESS COLLECTION
THE ORIGIN OF DEATH
WE ARE INUINNAIT
PATTERNS OF CHANGE:
150 YEARS IN THE LIFE OF THE INUINNAIT PARKA
We use our experience and knowledge of material studies to educate cultural centres and museums across Nunavut. This occurs through workshops designed to increase staff capacity, develop exhibits and implement professional practices. Click on the icons below to open museum training resources developed by our organization.