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. Check out some of our past programs and workshops here.
We curate exhibits for display at the May Hakongak Centre, and showcase our culture through temporary exhibitions at museums across Canada. Our team of Elders and knowledge holders also actively work with global institutions to interpret and build upon their Inuinnait collections. Explore some of our current and past exhibitions here.
Multiple part-time Elders work on-site at the May Hakongak Centre each year, contributing to ongoing language and culture revitalization in our community.
We prioritize the creation of accessible resources and publications that teach Inuit and non-Inuit about the histories, languages and knowledge traditions of the North. This work targets academic researchers, bringing a uniquely Inuit voice to peer-review publications, books, classrooms and conferences. Take a look at our growing list of resources here.
We document Inuinnait experiences, heritage and knowledge through first person recorded interviews. Our growing library of interviews is creating a permanent record of documented traditional knowledge to help current and future generations connect to and maintain Inuinnait culture.
Our facility within Cambridge Bay's Kiilinik High School consists of a library, museum, archives, gallery and multi-purpose space.