Inuinnait knowledge is multi-faceted. It innovates through deep-rooted traditions, and responds to Inuinnait culture's ability to change, adapt, and persevere. In 2016, the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society set out to realize its dream of building a designated centre for Inuinnait knowledge. This vision was inspired by three distinct challenges to continue to face knowledge structures in the Arctic:
There are few local spaces where Inuinnait can collectively build knowledge according to their own needs and schedules.
Knowledge structures in Nunavut are increasingly devised and managed by non-local research and agendas.
Inuit knowledge has moved from local to global networks of learning and transmission.
The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society has begun the process of creating a multi-use knowledge centre for Cambridge Bay that will bridge areas of cultural literacy, museology, tourism and research to ensure that the documentation and use of Inuinnait knowledge continues to align with community wellness and values. We envision this centre as a leader in the development of policies for research protocol and community-based methodologies, as well as an innovator in new methods for knowledge dissemination and access throughout the Canadian Arctic.
The Inuinnait Knowledge Centre received seed funds through a Nunavut IIBA Funding Agreement and will continue to take shape over the coming years.