Traditional Inuit tattooing is being preserved and revived by their women, according to a news report in Nunavut News on Wednesday last week. The article quoted several women who spoke of their desires to preserve their sense of cultural identity, and to honor their families by getting traditional tattoos put on their bodies. Inukshuk Aksalnik […]

With the Canadian parliamentary election scheduled for October 21, it seemed reasonable to anticipate articles providing Inuit perspectives on Prime Minister Trudeau’s accomplishments over the past four years. A published opinion piece by P. J. Akeeagok, President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), provides a perspective from the Baffin Island region of Nunavut. Mr. Akeeagok […]

The government of Canada apologized last week to the Inuit of Baffin Island for treating them very badly during the middle of the twentieth century. The apology was reported by a story in the CBC on Wednesday, August 14. Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, went to Iqaluit, the capital of the Nunavut Territory, […]

Controlling anger is an important attribute of a peaceful society. The Inuit, who do occasionally experience incidents of violence, are nevertheless included in this website because of their amazing strategies for controlling anger. A news story broadcast on the NPR program “All Things Considered” on March 4 adds to the extensive study of the Inuit […]

Last Thursday, CBC News celebrated Valentine’s Day by posting a story about a woman who has formed a matchmaking Facebook group for Inuit singles. The report gives an impression of the difficulties some Inuit singles experience in meeting eligible partners. Angela Aula started the new group in January from her home in Toronto, calling it […]

Canada’s CBC Radio rebroadcast a documentary on January 4 about Elisapee Ishulutaq, a renowned Inuit artist who died on December 9, 2018. The program had first been aired in June 2014 when she was in her late 80s and was appointed to the Order of Canada. As a child in the 1930s, Ishulutaq lived with […]

The Nunavut territory was formally created by the government of Canada for the Inuit of the eastern Arctic nearly 20 years ago. Anticipating the upcoming 20th anniversary, Maclean’s, a popular Canadian news magazine, recently published a critical analysis of the failures and accomplishments of the new territory for fulfilling the needs—and the dreams—of the Inuit […]