Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Centre at ITK!

“Advancing Inuit knowledge for sustainable Arctic science and policy.”

Inuit Qaujisarvingat (kow-yee-sar-ving-at): Inuit Knowledge Centre was launched in 2010 as a centre on research housed at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in Ottawa.

Inuit Qaujisarvingat is working to bridge the gap between Inuit knowledge and western science and build capacity among Inuit to respond to global interests in Arctic issues.


Carleton University's Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre has launched a new interactive online atlas based on the records of anthropologist Knud Rasmussentut. The Fifth Thule Expedition collected vast amounts of Inuit knowledge in the form of oral traditions, traditional place names, linguistic information, Inuit drawn maps, photographs, and ethnographic objects. Check out the Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas.

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council honours Hannah Benoit, Sarah Jancke, Maatali Okalik for their commitment, activism and advocacy on women's issues. Maatali and Sarah are connected to the National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) which was established by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in 1993 to provide guidance and input into issues of interest for Inuit youth in Canada. Research is a priority for the NIYC.   

On April 18, 2016 Dr. Trevor Bell provided an op-ed concerning Nunatsiavut and Labrador Inuit. Dr. Bell discussed the Muskrat Falls Project and provided an explanation on how new evidence supports a precautionary approach and social justice for Labrador Inuit. For more information click here.

In March 2016 Inuit Qaujisarvingat visited Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and Inuvik, Northwest Territories to carry out workshops for Nilliajut: Inuit perspectives on the Northwest Passage. These workshops involved asking a series of questions such as “what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the Northwest Passage?” and “does shipping impact your travel either by boat or skidoo?” In addition to these workshops, short video interviews were conducted with individuals for a documentary film.

On April 7, 2016 ITK held a Board of Directors Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy were in attendance. Canada and the United States both recognize the importance of incorporating traditional and scientific knowledge in decision-making. 

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