ᓯᕗᓪᓕᓅᒃᑯᑦ About the Project
ᓇᓂᓯᓂᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᖃᖓᓴᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᒃᑐᓚᐅᖅᒪᖓᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖅ ᑲᑐᑦᔨᖃᑎᒋᒃ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓂᒡᓗ ᐊᒃᑐᓂᒡᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐊᓚᖓᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ, ᑲᓇᒃᓇᖅᐸᓯᖕᒥᑦ Hudson Bay, ᓄᓇᕗᑦᒥ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᖅ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐅᕗᖓ ᑕᒪᕐ ᒧᕐᔪᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᕗᕋᐃᓐᑦ ᑎᓯᕐᑐᕐᒧᑦ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᓄᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐳᕆᑎᔅ ᑲᓚᒻᐱᐊᒥ.
ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖏᑦ ᓂᑉᔨᐊᒍᑎᖃᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᒪᑕ ᐃᓱᒪᓗᑎᒥᑦᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᒃᓴᒥᑦᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᖏᑦᓄᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖏᒃᑕ ᑭᖑᓂᖏᒃᑕ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᑯᒥᑦᓂᒡᓗ ᐃᓕᑦᖁᓯᕐᒥᑦᓂᒡᓗ. ᑕᒻᓇ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᖅ ᑲᑎᒃᑎᑕᔪᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓂᒡᓗ ᐊᒃᑐᓂᒡᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᖃᖓᓴᖅ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᑯᓚᐅᖏᑦᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᑦᖁᓯᖏᑦᓂᒡᓗ ᐃᓄᑉ ᑕᐅᒃᑐᕈᓯᐊᒍᑦ. ᐱᕙᓪᓕᕐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓗᓕᖏᓪᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓇᒡᕙᖅᑕᐅᒃᑕᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓪᓗ ᐊᒃᑐᓂᒡᓗ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓂᒡᓗ ᑎᑎᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᒡᕙᓂ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒥᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥᑦ. ᐊᒃᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓪᓗ ᐅᐊᔪᓕᐅᖅᒥᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᑯᒥᑦᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᕐᓂᕐᒥᑦᓂᒡᓗ, ᐊᒃᑐᕐᓂᓐᓇᐅᖏᒃᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓕ ᖃᑉᓗᓇᔭᓂᒡᓗ ᑎᑭᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᑦᖃᒥᖏᓕᖅᑎᒃᖢᒋᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᑦ 1950ᓗ 1960ᓗ ᐊᑯᕐᖓᒃᓂ, ᓇᕐᖓᕐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᑦᔭᕈᑦᓯᐊᒥᐊᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ ᐊᑯᕐᖓᒃᑕ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑦ.
ᐅᑭᐅᑦ 10ᖑᓕᕐᓇᕐᓕᐊᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐃᒃᑕᓂᒡᓗ ᐃᒡᓗᓂᒡᓗ, ᓄᓇᒥᐅᑕᓪᓗᐊᕕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒡᓗ, ᒪᖃᐃᒃᐸᒃᖢᑎᒡᓗ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᑦᖃᑎᒋᓕᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᐊᓚᒥᒃ ᑕᐃᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥᒃ Eskimo Point ᒥᒃ ᒪᓐᓇᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ. ᑕᒻᓇ ᐱᐊᓚᓂᖅᐸᒥᒃ ᐊᑦᔭᕈᖅᓯᒪᔪᑎᒍᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᖏᔪᒥᒃ ᑭᑐᓗᒃᑕᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᓪᓗᐊᕕᖕᓂᒃ Indigenous ᖑᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ, ᓇᓂᓗᒃᑕᖅ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᓗᒃᑕᕐᓂᒃ, ᑎᑎᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᖃᖓᓴᖅ ᐱᓐᓂᑯᓂᒃ. ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓕᑦᖁᓯᕐᒧᑦ, ᑎᒥᒧᑦ, ᐃᓱᒪᒧᓪᓗ, ᐃᓄᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᖏᒃᑎᐊᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓇᒥᐊᖅᑐᑦ.
ᐱᖃᑎᒋᓚᐅᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᕿᓂᖅᑎᒃᖢᑕ ᖃᐅᔨᓂᓗᒃᑎᒃᖢᑕ, ᑎᑎᖅᑕᐅᑕᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓄᑦ, ᐊᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᓄᓪᓗ ᑕᒡᕙᓂ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒥᒃ’.
‘The Nanisiniq Arviat History Project is a joint venture involving youth and Elders in the Inuit community of Arviat, located on the southwest side of Hudson Bay, Nunavut. The project is co-ordinated in Arviat by Tamar Mukyunik and by Professor Frank Tester of the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia.
For decades, Inuit Elders have expressed concern about the knowledge Inuit youth have of their own social history and culture. This project brings together Inuit youth and Elders in an exploration of their history and culture from an Inuit point of view. The progress of the project and the insights and discoveries of Elders and youth are documented on this website. Elders and youth are also filming their experience and interviewing, not only Elders in their community, but Qablunaat who came north in the late 1950s and 1960s, a period of phenomenal change among Aviarmiut.
In about 10 years the Inuit of Arviat went from tents and igloos, land-based camps and a predominantly hunting culture, to living together in the settlement originally known as ‘Eskimo Point’ and now called Arviat. This is possibly the fastest rate of change for any group of Indigenous people, anywhere in the world, in all of recorded history. The impacts on culture, physical and mental health, social relations and well-being have been dramatic.
Join us in a journey of discovery, documented by Inuit youth, Elders and researchers on this website.’
Special Thanks to our Supporters:
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The Sivulinuut Elders Society is the community partner located in Arviat Nunavut.
The University of British Columbia’s School of Social Work is the university partner located in Vancouver British Columbia.
Do you see small blocks instead of Inuktitut? To make information available to Inuktitut speakers we have translated portions of our website into syllabics. To view the syllabics on this site, click here.