Inuit Knowledge

Some of the following material is available in Inuktitut. In order to view this material your computer will require the Pigiarniq font. Download. For more information on how to install these fonts visit the Inuktitut Computer Tools web-page (available at the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth).


Tunngasugit/ Greetings

“Tunngasugit” literally means “feel like you are solidly planted here.” This greeting includes the idea that in order to feel welcome, there is a need to feel a sense of belonging to a place. We hope that you enjoy this site and return to this “place” often.

The Inuit Knowledge Project is as much about building the capacity for cross-cultural dialogue among Nunavut national park staff, researchers and Inuit community members as it is about the documentation of Inuit Knowledge. As a research team we have felt both privileged and daunted by the responsibility of building research relationships with the diverse Inuit communities that neighbour three of Nunavut’s very distinct national parks. The communities involved with this project are: Naujit (Repulse Bay), on the west coast of Hudson Bay; Ikpiarjuk and Mittimatalik (Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet), on the north end of Baffin Island; and Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq, on the southeast coast of Baffin Island. The parks that neighbour these communities (Auyuittuq, Sirmilik and Ukkusiksalik national parks) are as far-flung from each other as Montréal, St. John’s and Iqaluit (900-1200 km apart).

On this site you will find details about the specific research projects carried out under the umbrella of the Inuit Knowledge Project including community-based work as well as on-the-land or on-the-ice workshops. We have included support tools such as a community research guide, an online customized database and links to northern organizations, research licencing agencies, traditional knowledge protocols and northern research journals, articles and institutes. This project was carried out with the help of a large number of people including elders, community researchers, translators, parks staff and university researchers. The research described on this site documents a segment of the entirety of the Inuit knowledge of Auyuittuq, Sirmilik and Ukkusiksalik national parks.

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᐊᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒥᕐᖑᐃᓯᕐᕕᖏᓐᓂ


“ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦ” ᑐᑭᓯᓕᒃ “ᑐᙵᓱᐊᓗᑎᑦ ᑕᒫᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᖅᑎᑐᑦ”.  ᑖᓐᓇ ᑐᙵᓱᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᒻᒪᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᑐᙵᓱᐊᒍᓐᓇᕐᓗᓂ, ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑑᔮᕆᐊᖃᕐᒪᑕ.  ᓂᕆᐅᓐᓂᖃᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᒃ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᓂᐊᕋᕕᐅᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑎᕐᕕᒋᖃᑦᑕᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᑖᓐᓇ “ᐃᓂᖃᕐᕕᐅᔪᖅ”.

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖅ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑎᒋᐅᒋᕗᖅ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᓯᓐᓈᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖃᑎᒌᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᑉᐸᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒥᕐᖑᐃᓯᕐᕕᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᖏᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᑕᐃᒫᒃᓴᐃᓐᓇᖅᑕᐅᖅ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᐃᓯᓐᓈᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ.  ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᐅᓪᓗᑕ  ᖁᕕᐊᓱᑉᐳᒍᑦ ᐱᒃᑯᒋᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᑐᑕ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᑎᒋᓲᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᑎᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓗᑕ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᖓᓱᓂᒃ ᐊᕕᑦᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᑉ ᒥᕐᖑᐃᓯᕐᕕᖏᓐᓂ.  ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᖃᑕᐅᓂᐅᓴᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᕗᑦ: ᓇᐅᔮᑦ, ᐅᐊᓕᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᑕᓯᐅᔭᕐᔪᐊᑉ; ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ, ᐅᐊᓐᓇᖓᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓘᑉ; ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ, ᑲᓇᓐᓇᖓᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓘᑉ.  ᒥᕐᖑᐃᓯᕐᕕᐅᔪᑦ ᓴᓂᐊᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᖓᓯᓐᓂᒋᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᖏᑦ ᓲᕐᓗ ᒪᓐᑐᕆᐊᓪ, ᓴᐃᓐᑦ ᔮᓐᔅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ (ᐅᖓᓯᓐᓂᓖᑦ 900-1200 ᑭᓛᒥᑐᔅ).

ᑕᕝᕙᓂ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᒻᒥ ᑕᑯᓂᐊᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᔭᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓵᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᓂᒃ ᑖᒃᑯᑎᒎᓇᑉ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖓᒍᑦ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᓄᓇᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᑯᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᑦ.  ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᕋᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓲᕐᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑐᐊᒐᑦ, ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᖅᑎᒎᖅᑐᑦ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᕝᕖᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᓱᕈᑏᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑎᒥᐅᔪᓂᒃ, ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᑦᒧ ᓚᐃᓴᓐᓯᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ, ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᕆᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᒥᓂᐅᔪᑦ, ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕖᑦ.  ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ, ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ, ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᕆᔩᑦ, ᒥᕐᖑᐃᓯᕐᕕᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᓚᑦᑐᓴᕐᕕᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᖏᑦ.  ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᔭᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑕᕝᕙᓂ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᒻᒥ ᑎᑎᖅᓯᒍᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᖓᓂᒃ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᐅᔪᐃᑦᑐᕐᒥ, ᓯᕐᒥᓕᒻᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑦᑯᓯᒃᓴᓕᒻᒧᑦ ᒥᕐᖑᐃᓯᕐᕕᓄᑦ.