2009 Qajaq Revitalization Project - 254

KNOWLEDGE
RENEWAL & TRANSFER

The ways that knowledge is learned and taught is often as important as the knowledge itself.  Our work is grounded in Inuit traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. We do not see traditional knowledge as being static or belonging to the past, but something that is constantly in a process of adapting to the challenges and conditions of the modern world. Knowledge is meant to be used, and we collect it in ways that re-enforce traditional and healthy relationships between generations, family, community, and the land. When knowledge is developed outside this framework, it loses much of its meaning and relevance.

Based out of our facility, the May Hakongak Community Library & Cultural Centre, and out on the land, we run activities, programs and community-based projects that transfer the knowledge and experiences of our Elders to younger generations.  

WORKSHOPS & CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Annual workshops and cultural programs reconnect Inuinnait and ensure the transfer of knowledge from Elders and knowledge holders to the next generations. 

EXHIBITS &

COLLECTIONS

We curate exhibits at the May Hakongak Centre, showcase our culture through temporary exhibitions at museums across Canada, and work with global institutions to interpret and build upon their Inuinnait collections. 

ELDERS-IN-RESIDENCE

PROGRAM

 

Multiple part-time Elders work on-site at the May Hakongak Centre each year, contributing to ongoing language and culture revitalization in our community. 

ORAL HERITAGE

PROJECTS

 

For over 25 years, we have documented Inuinnait experiences, heritage and knowledge through first person recorded interviews. This growing library is creating a permanent record to ensure generations are able to connect to and maintain our culture. 

EDUCATIONAL

RESOURCES

 

We create accessible resources and publications that teach Inuit and non-Inuit about the histories, languages, knowledge, and traditions of the North.