Museology

In order to protect and transmit the language, culture and heritage of the Nunavummiut, the Avataq Cultural Institute contributes to the establishment and operation of a network of museums and cultural transmission centresthroughout Nunavik.

Jointly administered by Nunavik’s northern municipalities and the Institute, the network is steadily expanding its efforts to preserve and promote local culture, offering an increasingly diverse range of activities and events. As public places, the museums provide a space for person-to-person interaction that emphasizes cultural and communal enrichment through active participation in the preservation of local heritage. Thus, our network serves as a catalyst, providing an indispensable platform for the dissemination of Inuit culture and art, both historical and contemporary.

In prioritizing the in situ preservation of local heritage, this network of museums and transmission centres has several goals, including: generating and maintaining strong venues for cultural expression in Nunavik; developing local skills in northern museum sciences; and bolstering regional pride among Nunavik’s youth.

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Place names

“Toponyms known and used by Inuit within living memory must be recognized by the government and used on official maps in order to reaffirm their permanent cultural value.” Resolution of the Inuit Elders Conference, 1983.

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A small glossary

Test pits:
They are typically 50 x 50 cm or 1 x 1 m holes dug in order to identify signs of occupation and survey the site’s stratigraphy.

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