Foundations of a New Government

The Strength of Our Elders
Fall 2008

Nunavimmiut, the people of Nunavik, have faced and survived many difficulties. What challenges have our elders faced and what has helped them survive? How can the same qualities help Nunavimmiut in today's modern world?

In our Fall 2008 banner you see the participants of the 2008 Elders' Retreat.  In the background the Inukjuak River rapids are a reminder that it takes a lot of inner strength to adapt to the forces of nature.

Learn more about the strength of Nunavik's elders as we update the website this fall.

"The Strength of Our Elders"
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Warm and Welcoming People
Winter 2008

The Inuit of Nunavik are warm and welcoming. We would like to think about the origin of these qualities and how they are reflected in the Inuit spirit and ways of today.

In our banner, the  teenagers behind the qulliq, the traditional Inuit lamp, are a reminder that youth of today carry forward Inuit values, customs and traditions.

"Warm and Welcoming People"
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Sharing in Nunavik
Fall 2007


We are inviting you to think about sharing in Nunavik. What do Inuit of Nunavik share? The first thing that might come to your mind is food. Think of some of the different ways Inuit share food. Now, try to think of other things Inuit share. Think hard, there are many different ways that Inuit in Nunavik share. Which of these practices are unique to Inuit?

Now, ask yourself, how is sharing present in government? For example, is an exchange of ideas a kind of sharing? In what ways have Inuit traditionally shared opinions and ideas?

Our Foundations of a New Government themes invite you to join us while we ponder these thoughts.
"Sharing in Nunavik"

The inspiration for our themes:

"We are thinking of the perpetual question "What is the foundation of this government"?

Our idea is to start having people think and talk about "values, customs and traditions" that keep our society's identity strong.  If we are to govern ourselves, we have to be proud of who we are and know how we have survived and we need to continue to survive as a whole even in the modern day based on who we are. Practices that are important to us:  sharing food, names, customs such as Arnaqutik, Sanajik etc  need to be understood by the younger generation to make them realize that they are an important part of being Inuk. " (Minnie Grey)

(posted Sept 17, 2007;  last update October 20, 2008)

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