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 Inuinnait 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. 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.
We are guided by a Five-Year Strategic Plan (2019-2024) and our priorities reflect the critical state of our language and culture, and the urgent needs facing our cultural communities today:
INUINNAQTUN LANGUAGE SURVIVAL
We are leading a coordinated and transformational effort to reverse the loss of Inuinnaqtun in our communities through a Mentor-Apprentice Program, intensive Inuinnaqtun documentation, and the creation of language nests.
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER & RENEWAL
We are providing daily opportunities for community members to consult Elders on traditional knowledge and to be mentored in traditional skills through our Elders-in-Residence program.
We are developing new digital tools to facilitate Inuinnait access, ownership and usability of our traditional knowledge.
We have partnered with academic archaeologists to combine oral history and archaeological research to build a better understanding of the Inuinnait past.
BUILDING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
We are committed to ensuring that we have a strong foundation in place to grow our organization, meet our goals and deliver core activities and programming.
For more information on our programs and activities, please visit www.kitikmeotheritage.ca.