Our mission is to preserve and renew Inuinnait knowledge, language and culture for the benefit of all Inuit.
Our vision is to concentrate and connect the resources, expertise and technology critical to Inuinnait cultural and linguistic survival.
The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society is a leader for culture and heritage in Nunavut. We are guided by an Inuinnaq Executive Director and Board and are among the territory’s longest established heritage organizations. With over 20 years of experience in cultural research and program delivery, we have earned the support and trust of our community and built solid partnerships and recognition at national and international levels.
We use our professional standing to address projects of critical importance to the revival of Inuit culture, language and history. We focus on the critical needs of Inuinnait—a distinct regional group of Inuit living in the Central Canadian Arctic.
In 2019, we launched a new Strategic Plan (2019-2024) following an extensive review of our impact and the critical issues facing our cultural community. We changed our name from Kitikmeot Heritage Society to Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society (PI/KHS), a title that more accurately represents our new direction. Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq means “learning through culture” in Inuinnaqtun.
With this clear identity and a new five-year Strategic Plan, we will:
- foster a unified Inuinnait voice that speaks to the issues and priorities of our respective communities and calls for initiatives of change
- harness the expertise of remaining Elders and Inuinnaqtun speakers and direct their valuable knowledge towards the renewal of our culture
- establish strong human and digital networks that bring together Inuinnait communities
- create innovative solutions to overcoming geographical, political and economic barriers to knowledge exchange and revitalization
In order of priority, our 2019-2023 Strategic Priorities are:
- Inuinnaqtun Language Survival
- Knowledge Renewal and Transfer
- Digital Strategies
- Inuinnait Archaeology
- Building for a Sustainable Future
For more information on each priority, please visit www.kitikmeotheritage.ca.
Our strategic priorities reflect the critical state of our language and culture. The Inuinnaqtun language—the foundation of Inuinnait culture—has less than 600 fluent speakers remaining. By most estimates, it is a language that will be extinct in less than two generations. The disappearance of Inuinnaqtun precipitates the loss of culturally unique knowledge, relationships and engagements with the world.
In order to combat the advanced state of language and culture shift in our communities, we have initiated an intensive Inuinnaqtun revitalization program, Uqarluta / Let’s Speak Inuinnaqtun! Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun connects the resources of four Northern communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories with academics, linguists and partners in the South. For more information, please visit www.inuinnaqtun.ca.