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.


Inuit Qaujisarvingat has produced a documentary that will be aired on NorthwesTel exploring the multifaceted views of security, patriotism, and sovereignty in the Arctic. This video is part of the first edition of the Nilliajut Project. The documentary is based on the perspective of emerging and established Inuit leaders from all regions and professional backgrounds. Some examples would be Pujjut Kusugak of Rankin Inlet Nunavut and Rosemarie Kuptana from Sachs Harbour in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

The SmartICE initiative in Nain Labrador is run out of the Nunatsiavut Research Centre. Recognizing the importance of sea ice to Inuit as well as its dynamism in face of a changing climate and increase in resource extraction, community members wanted to collect data on a local scale. Sea-ice Monitoring And Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments, or SmartICE uses a mix of both contemporary technologies and Inuit knowledge systems.

The Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada released "Community-based monitoring and Indigenous Knowledge in a Changing Arctic - A Review for SAON." The review contributes to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network’s Task #9.

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.