Inuit Health Education and Adaptation

Current research projects (2019-2023)

Hilap Aulaaniit Qanuq Atayut (The World and its Connections)

Location: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Hilap Aulaaniit Qanuq Atayut (The World and its Connections) is an Inuit-driven project, coordinated by Elders and Inuinnaqtun experts in Cambridge Bay to document environmental terms and knowledge to build an environmental lexicon for the Inuinnaqtun language. This team will work with community members and partners to host land-based workshops documenting detailed Inuinnait knowledge of the natural world and create new access points to this knowledge through print and digital resources.

English has become the lingua franca of environmental sciences in the North. The disappearance of Inuinnaqtun concepts and terminology is causing the loss of culturally unique knowledge and relationships with the Arctic environment. The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society (PI / KHS) will work with this language-focused team to plan, coordinate, execute, and evaluate an Inuinnait approach to documenting Inuinnaqtun environmental knowledge.