Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) – Traditional knowledge in cyberspace


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This weblog continues from Module 1’s overview websites that included IQ in the curriculum.  In Module 2, the readings introduced me of the importance of Indigenous media and the considerations of authorship.  I have curated here sites that define, research or display Inuit culture.

6. What is Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ)? by Jaypetee Arnakak in Canku Ota, Many Paths

Jaypetee Arnakak’s definition of IQ is citied in many of the research articles on Inuit traditional knowledge. His reflection of IQ is that it is a “living technology” that uses familial relations as an organizing model for roles and responsibilities of community members to each other, and how knowledge and skills are communicated.

7. Nunavut Tunngavik, Annual Reports on the State of Inuit Culture and Society

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is the guardian of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) to ensure the rights and benefits of the NLCA are carried out. A key component of the NLCA is the right of Inuit to develop social and cultural policies and programs, annually NTI reports on the State of Inuit Culture and Society implementation successes and challenges. The end Notes in this report is a good source to research northern cultural projects.

8. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is a national Inuit organization whose work includes research, advocacy and education on issues facing Inuit. The link takes you to their publication section that provides access to a variety of reports and presentations from climate change, suicide prevention, to health care posters for school aged children. One report on the National Strategy on Inuit Education presents recommendations on parental engagement, a unified writing system, and early childhood education.

9. Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Centre

Inuit Qaujisarvingat was created by ITK as a hub for Inuit research and knowledge. This site acts as a hub of a broad spectrum of research and data on northern science and policy issues. Currently the site currates a health statistics database, Inuit voices on climate change and northern security and sovereignty.

10. Unikkausivut – Sharing our Stories

The National Film Board of Canada’s open playlist of 60 films representing Inuit experience. This film collection highlights both past and present Inuit culture. The collection also has an educator’s guide that discusses IQ principles and looks at film through Inuit history, culture, geography, changes and challenges.

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