A Brief History of the Inuit

Where do the Inuit come from? This is often the first question asked. Archaeologists and historians are still not a completely certain but most now agree that the Inuit originated somewhere in Siberia, maybe even Mongolia. Perhaps someday you will be an archeologist and discover their exact place of origin? Take a look at the…

Nunavik

  The region of northern Quebec inhabited by Inuit is known as Nunavik. Nunavik makes up the northern third of the province of Quebec, it is the homeland of the Inuit of Quebec. Nunavik means “great land” in the local dialect of Inuktitut and the Inuit inhabitants of the region call themselves Nunavimmiut. Until 1912, the region was part of the District of…

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Inuvialuit

The Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) is one of the four Inuit regions of Canada, collectively known as Inuit Nunangat, and means “Homeland of the Inuit of Canada“. The other regions include Nunatsiavut in Labrador, Nunavik in northern Quebec, and the territory of Nunavut. They are quite different from one another, but their Inuit culture binds them together – they are all part of the Inuit Homeland. The…

Arctic Sovereignty

“Sovereignty begins at Home” – Mary Simon, Inuit Leader Sovereignty means to be independent, to be one’s own master and decide for oneself as well as to own the land. That is what both Inuit and other Canadians want to have happen in the Arctic regions. It is therefore closely linked to self-determination. Arctic Sovereignty…

Nunavut

Nunavut, meaning “Our Land” in Inuit, is the result of a very long process that started many years ago. Nunavut has supported a continuous indigenous population for approximately 4,000 years. Most historians identify the coast of Baffin Island as being the Helluland described in the Norse sagas, so it is possible that the inhabitants of the region had occasional contact with Norse…

Nunatsiavut

The Inuit here are direct descendants of the prehistoric Thule hunters who spread from Alaska across the circumpolar regions of Canada and Greenland. They are one of the founding peoples of Canada. Nunatsiavut is probably the least known Inuit region in Canada. It has a really interesting and unusual history. It is populated by the…