May Hakongak Community Library & Cultural Centre


23 Omingmak Street

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

(867) 983-3009

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The original Inuinnauyugut exhibit is located in the May Hakongak Cultural Centre in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. It was developed between 2013-15 by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society through funding generously provided by Canadian Heritage’s Museum Assistance Program. We pride ourselves on having built this exhibit almost entirely in-house  alongside our community. Key themes of Inuit identity were defined through public consultation and Elder interviews. Artifacts for the exhibit were researched and re-built within the community, and exhibit construction took place on-site in Cambridge Bay.

In 2016, Inuinnauyugut was selected as the inaugural exhibit for the Canadian Museum of Nature's newly built Northern Voices Gallery. Over the course of 2016-17, PI/KHS staff worked closely with the Canadian Museum of Nature and Canadian Museum of History to curate a selection of Inuinnait ethnographic objects collected by Diamond Jenness, and pair them with contemporary creations by Inuinnait artists and knowledge holders. The final exhibit launched in June 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario and will remain in place until September 8, 2019.  

"Canada’s Capital Gets a Taste of the Central Arctic"
NewsDeeply, 6 July 2017

Explore the Canadian Museum of Nature's Northern Voices Gallery