Today is Inuit Day… an occasion to celebrate Inuit accomplishments, their communities and their culture with their International family. Today is also an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the important relationship and history we share with the Inuit of Canada as we move forward in our journey of reconciliation and a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. (The Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs)
Consider reading Kathleen Winter’s 2014 memoir Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage. Boundless explores the widespread climate change issues currently effecting Inuit people in Canada’s Arctic. Boundless was a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction.
Consider also watching the National Film Board of Canada’s Inuuvunga – I Am Inuk, I Am Alive. This feature-length film by 8 young Inuit filmmakers shows a contemporary view of life in Canada’s North.