Archaeology

The Elders of Nunavik charged the Archaeology Department of Avataq Cultural Institute with a mandate to identify, study, protect and preserve the archaeological heritage of Nunavik.

More specifically, the mandate is:

  • to promote and foster an interest in archaeology among Nunavimmiut, especially young people;
  • to sensitize the communities to the importance of archaeology and the protection of archaeological sites and ancient objects;
  • to build partnerships with scientific and educational institutions;
  • to safeguard archaeological sites affected by construction projects;
  • and to undertake and encourage research into the history of Nunavik and disseminate the results.

 

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Visite des aînés et des jeunes d’Inukjuak sur le site IbGk-3, été 2007

Elders and Youth from Inukjuak visiting IbGk-3 site, summer 2007

Inuit youth learning basic archaeological techniques, Ivujivik 2008, Nunavik

Inuit youth learning basic archaeological techniques, Ivujivik 2008, Nunavik

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2007-2008: International Polar Year (IPY):

In the summer of 2007, a team with about 20 members participated in an archaeological dig at a site on Drayton Island (IbGk-3) and in a brief archaeological survey of the region. The work was part of the archaeology department’s activities for International Polar Year (IPY).

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Whale hunting

The Inuit of Nunavik resumed the subsistence bowhead whale hunt in 2008.Learn more about this event through a photo essay.

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