Founded in 1980, Avataq Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the language and culture of Inuit in Nunavik (Northern Quebec).
The organization has its head office in Inukjuak, Nunavik, and an administrative office in Westmount, Quebec.
Avataq receives its mandate directly from Nunavik Inuit at the biennial Nunavik Inuit Elders’ Conferences. Avataq has a board of directors comprising five Inuit members elected for two-year terms.
Activities include the construction of qarmaqs (earthen huts), sealskin tents, traditional umiaqs (sealskin boats) and kayaks; language workshops; and making bannock, kamik, puurtaq and avataq.
Since its founding, the Institute has recognized the invaluable role of elders in Inuit society. The Avataq Cultural Institute therefore spearheaded the first Nunavik Elders Conference, held in Kangirsuk in 1981.