Inuinnait moved into Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut over 70 years ago, previously living a traditional lifestyle on the land. We are now experiencing the passing of the last of the Elders who grew up on the land speaking fluent Inuinnaqtun and have firsthand experience in the domains of traditional Inuinnait life. This includes the skills and practices that continue to shape our culture and have been sustained and passed on from generation to generation.
Some of the very first projects that we ran as an organization involved conducting oral history interviews to record the intangible memories and the knowledge, values, beliefs, and practices held by Elders that is the foundation of our culture. These interviews are part of a now permanent record of documented traditional knowledge to help current and future generations connect to and maintain Inuinnait culture.