You are Inuk. Period.
Despite modern influences and conveniences, the core values, language, knowledge, and beliefs inherent within the Inuit culture remain a steady part of life in Nunavut and for all Inuit. As suggested by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, thousands of years of tradition still shape the nature of the Inuit community.
Adapting to the modernization of Inuit lifestyle does not mean becoming any less Inuk. You are Inuk, and you will always be Inuk. But what does that mean these days: to be Inuk?
What Does Being Inuk Mean to You?
In Nunavut today, being Inuk means that you can freely identify with aspects of both traditional and modern culture.
It means that you can purchase groceries from the co-op or Northern Store and still participate in the hunt. It means that children can attend formal school while respecting the education observed by their ancestors. It means that if you own a television, you can still master the art of drumming, juggling, or katajjaq.
Accepting changes within Inuit culture doesn’t mean you are turning your back on tradition. It means that you are willing to learn, alongside others, what it means to be Inuk in today’s world, while respecting your Inuit roots. It simply means that you are doing your best to bridge the gap between the old, and the new.
Where Do You Belong?
Finding your place within modern Inuit society can be challenging. It is important for you to remember that the choice is not between being Inuk and not being Inuk. You can identify with as many, or as few, elements of traditional or modern Inuit culture as you are comfortable with, and still be 100% Inuk.
If you’re feeling confused about your cultural identity, we’re here to help.
Additional Source: Inuit Cultural Online Resource
Applications for this year’s Youth Peer Leadership program are now open! Youth ages 19-25 in all Qikiqtani communities can now apply for the Youth Peer Leadership Program. Successful applicants will travel to Iqaluit for November 29- December 1, 2023. You can find more details about this program as well as the application forms at the.
Please enjoy these colouring pages that were developed for the Suicide prevention summit.
The Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council is happy to share the Inutsiaq Campaign videos on this special occasion, Pink Shirt Day. On this day, let’s give support and kindness to one another in our communities. These small moments can make a difference. Please see below for all four videos included in the Inutsiaq Campaign..
…the holidays can be hard, especially if you’ve lost a loved one to suicide. We invite you to follow along with these daily self-care prompts over your winter break. If you can, print off this calendar and check off every self-care activity you do over the Holidays! If you follow along and do every single.
Aippagiittiarniq means “ways of being in good partnership” in Inuktut; the objective of the Aippagiittiarniq discussion guide is to provide an opportunity for youth to discuss their understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationships in a manner conducive to free expression of their ideas and feelings. While examples and descriptions of different kinds of abuse and.
Youth in Iqaluit came to the office in April to pickup a beading kit which contained: 1 pack of seed beads1 roll of thread2 beading needles4 earring hooks1 E6000 glue2 leather squares2 suede squares1 black storage box All 50 kits were given away! The full tutorial is now available in English and Inuktitut for anyone.