Who are we?

Marianne Stenbaek, Cultural Studies, McGill University. Concept and research.

Minnie Grey, C.Q., Executive director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Sevices./ Chair of The Nunavik Regional Partnership Committee. Video and consulting.

Anders Lafon. Translation, research and administration.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy. Web designer

Thanks to student assistants: Bronwyn Dyson, Salena Gao, Angaaraq Kali Grey, Jakob Lafon, Zoe Lafon, Andrea Palmer and especially to Jenna Horner.

Also a special thank you to Sima Dantzigian, Allan Hepburn, Keegan Ryan.

Photos: We are particularly grateful to Hans-Ludwig Blohm, c.m., mpa for all the wonderful  photos from the Canadian Arctic.

Thank you… Qujanaq to Aqqaluk Lynge, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

        We most gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

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Special message from Aqqaluk Lynge:

 Thank you for wanting to learn more about the Inuit.

This website looks mainly at Inuit in Canada but there are also Inuit in Greenland, Alaska and Chukotka and I hope you will learn about them too. In all, Inuit are 160,000 strong and have survived for thousands of years in very harsh and difficult conditions but Inuit are a resilient people who are able to adapt to changing circumstances.

It is my personal belief that a strong culture usually adapts to change and, in fact, is strengthened by it. I believe that this has happened with Inuit over time. We continue to be a strong people in spite of influences from the outside which often have been negative and that may have weakened us.

However, we have always remained strong. We have our old traditions and belief, our traditional knowledge which includes our very special knowledge of the land and its animals; we have the history of our valiant ancestors who survived in the face of great odds.

Now, more than ever, we need this strength as we face new influences that threaten to alter or destroy our lifestyle and culture. The most important of these new threats is climate change which is eroding our environment and thereby the very basis of our culture and livelihood.

As the Arctic region become increasing more important in the world, we have to face a new wave of people from the outside who want to mine our resources, minerals, oil and natural gas, often mainly for their own benefit and profit. We have to face the loss of our language and our culture and we have to face many other negative influences from the outside worlds which all too often result in hopelessness, depression and even suicides.

Yet we remain strong and committed to work for a solid Inuit future where we are in possession of our lands and resources as well as masters of our own own social developments, political and cultural, futures.

We hope that you will continue to learn more about a truly unique people who are a very special part of Canada and the circumpolar world.

Photo of Aqqaluk Lynge, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

Aqqaluk Lynge, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council.