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.
In May 2021, we announced a partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Green Building Technologies Lab (GBT) to design and construct a pilot green building. We are undertaking this pilot project to bring new green energy technologies and materials to the Arctic, integrating them with local knowledge and priorities, evaluating the feasibility of concepts, and creating a community of practice that will one day make our long-term dream of a larger, purpose-built cultural centre possible. Visit www.nunamiutuqaq.ca for details.