MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2021
 
(Left to right) Anne Wingnek, Jennifer Ullulaq and Eileen Okhina.
Celebrating light, life, and joy this month.

Yesterday marked the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere—the day that the Sun is at its highest point in the sky. In a year heavy with uncertainty and disconnection, this joyous occasion marks summer's return to the Arctic and the renewal of life. 

Today, we wanted to share joy and celebrate our resilience, strength and culture through a few exciting updates...
 
Meet our new
Manager of Inuinnaqtun Revitalization
On March 6, 2021, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary and recommitted our organization to reawakening Inuinnaqtun. Since the release of our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, language survival has been our number one priority, and we have been working to create a full-time position dedicated to Inuinnaqtun. 

We are thrilled to announce that as of July 5, 2021, Emily Angulalik will be stepping down as President of our Board of Directors to take on the newly created position of Manager of Inuinnaqtun Revitalization. In this role, Emily will focus on Inuinnaqtun revitalization, leading all of our language projects and working with language leaders to connect and create the resources we need to put Inuinnaqtun once again at the centre of our communities. Emily’s efforts will be guided and supported by our Board of Directors and Elders-in-Residence as we work to ensure the continuity of our culture and the vitality of our language. 

Alongside her mother Ekvana, Reverend Keith Todd, and Kim Crockatt, Emily helped to found our organization in 1996. Those early years saw hundreds of hours of oral heritage interviews with Elders recorded, countless workshops that took place to pass on traditional knowledge and reconnect, and the roots of the work that we continue to this day. Emily is a respected member of our community, of our workplace, a teacher, mentor, and knowledge holder. To all of us lucky enough to know Emily, her experience and dedication is unparalleled. Emily's time with the PI/KHS has included both Board and staff roles over the years, including as Executive Director from 2005 to 2007. Her continuous involvement and leadership have provided a solid foundation from which we continue to grow.

For the last 8 years, Emily has worked as an Inuinnaqtun instructor at Nunavut Arctic College, passing on our language and developing strategies and resources for language renewal.
 
Last month, she became the 2021 recipient of Indspire’s Culture, Heritage and Spirituality Award—a testament to her incredible and inspiring contributions to Inuinnaqtun revitalization. The ceremony will be live tomorrow (June 22) at 8PM EST on CBC and APTN. 

Emily carries the knowledge and strength of our ancestors and Elders who inspired her and have led her on this path. The legacy of all who have come before, passing on our language and keeping our traditions alive, is carried on through the creation of this new position and the renewal it will bring. We have a responsibility to ensure continuity for the next generations and are deeply honoured to continue the work of our Elders. 
 
Our Board and our staff are all in for Inuinnaqtun, and are excited to continue our commitment to strengthening Inuinnaqtun across our communities. We can’t wait to share more updates with you on projects and programs to look forward to in the coming year.
 
Please join us in welcoming Emily to the staff team!  
 
Building Capacity Across the Region
As part of our work to build stronger ties between Inuinnait communities, we were excited to host Jennifer Ullulaq (pictured above, bottom left), Manager of Gjoa Haven's Nattilik Heritage Centre, for a museum professional development workshop earlier this month.

We shared our experiences with fundraising, planning and delivering cultural programs, and increasing outreach using digital media. We, in turn, learned a lot about the priorities and potential areas for future collaboration with Gjoa Haven.

We also used the opportunity to build one of the first digital programs for our new learning platform. Over the last year, we been working to up our cultural game through a new customized digital portal co-developed with Pinnguaq that showcases the process and results of our many sewing, tool making, and traditional skills programs as on-line lessons. 

Alongside Jennifer, our staff trained with Pinnguaq educators and learned how to break cultural programs into step-by-step instructions that can be easily presented and learned over the Internet. Our first course: creating Mother Hubbard calicos with delta braid trim. Stay tuned for the upcoming official release of the course and this lesson!
 
A New Initiative to Celebrate Our Supporters
On March 6, 2021, we launched the Kivgaqtuiniq Circle to recognize our supportersa diverse group of people, organizations and businesses who are committed to ensuring that Inuinnaqtun survives and thrives for generations to come. 

In Inuinnaqtun, Kivgaqtuiniq means 'serving one another', and is rooted in core traditional values. For millennia, Inuit have upheld the shared responsibility to care for and ensure the wellbeing of one another. Likewise, this community is working as parts of a whole, connected and united through the shared goal to serve our mission. 

Today, we would like to share with you all those who have made financial contributions to support our critical work. Explore the members of the Kivgaqtuiniq Circle here
 
Join the Kivgaqtuiniq Circle today by making a gift. 

Stand with us to support healing today through the Akhuuqhimajara Inuinnaqtun / I'm all in for Inuinnaqtun campaign. Every dollar directly supports initiatives that empower Inuinnait to find our voices and reconnect to our ancestors and their worldview.
GIVE
 
Wishing friends from coast to coast to coast a very happy
National Indigenous Peoples Day!

 
In this essay, ITK President Natan Obed talks about the historic erasure of Inuit identity in archival photograph collections and how Inuit are reclaiming our names. 
 
Inuit get a voice in the first federal Indigenous languages commissioner's office. Nunavik’s Robert Watt is 1 of 3 new directors who will work to preserve Indigenous languages. 

Learn more about our new project, Nunamiutuqaq, as we work with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to design and construct a green energy building in Cambridge Bay. 

For over 30 years, the Inuit Heritage Trust's Place Names Project has been recording and sharing traditional place names. 

There is much to celebrate through community-based initiatives that are revitalizing language across the region.

Parka making workshops are adding flair to tradition and passing on skills and knowledge to the next generation. 
 
Uvagut is Canada's first Inuktut television channel--broadcasting programs from Inuit producers 24/7 across Inuit Nunangat. 

Explore INUA Online, the first exhibit at Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 

To mark Indigenous History Month, APTN wants to take you on a journey through Indigenous historical moments from coast to coast to coast. 
 
Visit www.kitikmeotheritage.ca to learn more about us and the important work that we do. 

Have a question? Contact us at info@kitikmeotheritage.ca
 
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We're a leader for culture and heritage in Nunavut, guided by an Inuinnait Board. We address projects of critical importance to the revival of Inuit culture, language and history. We focus on the needs of Inuinnait—a distinct regional group of Inuit living in the Central Canadian Arctic.

Our mission is to preserve and renew Inuinnait knowledge, language and culture for the benefit of all Inuit.

Our vision is to concentrate and connect the resources, expertise and technology critical to Inuinnait cultural and linguistic survival.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

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