Mr. Maka Kotto, Minister of culture and Communications, and Ms. Élizabeth Larouche, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, announced yesterday during a press conference organized with Avataq Cultural Institute, the designation of the katajjaniq, the Inuit throat singing, as an element of Québec’s intangible heritage, under the new Cultural Heritage Act. It is the first element of intangible heritage to be designated since the entry in force of the Act.
Avataq Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization, created in 1980, dedicated to protecting and promoting the Language and Culture of the Inuit of Nunavik. The organization has its head office in Inukjuak, Nunavik, and an administrative office in Westmount, Québec.
Following the first bowhead whale hunt authorized in Nunavik in over a century, this large-size, full-color book presents the cultural, anthropological, historical, geopolitical and biological contexts surrounding the event.
AVATAQ is currently seeking a candidate for the following position: Local Cultural Committees Program Officer
Joanassie Inukpuk from Inukjuak has been involved in preserving the cultural heritage of Nunavik for many years.