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Nunavut Hiphop

Attakaalik Palluq, an Elder from Clyde River, Nunavut, supports local youth during a Hip Hop dance workshop by learning to scratch records and be a DJ. Photo: Courtesy of Ilisaqsivik Society, Clyde River, Nunavut.

The Conference theme is "Arctic Inuit Connections: Learning From the Top of the World." We believe this broad theme inspires discussion about important Inuit issues and how they impact the rest of the world.

Conference sub-themes include:

Heritage Museums and the North

  • Historically, museum collections played critical role in representing the material and cultural heritage, identity and languages of aboriginal nations across the circumpolar North. Thanks to the advent of innovative forms of cultural outreach and communication technologies, museums now have greater opportunities and responsibility as custodians of indigenous cultural heritage and history. These opportunities also serve to encourage collaboration among polar communities, museums and other cultural/heritage institutions via new creative projects.

Globalization: An Arctic Story

  • The global processes that define our world today greatly influence cultural awareness, understanding, and people’s experiences in the North. In an age when Northern communities and habitats are faced with multiple new challenges, as well as opportunities, globalization becomes a critical factor in once remote and isolated polar regions. This theme is meant to discuss the specific northern implications of global processes as they interact with the global and local spheres.

Power, Governance and Politics in the North

    • Since the beginning of the 21st century a number of historically significant transitions in local governance and Inuit political life have taken place across the North. These power shifts provide an opportunity for case studies as well as illuminate the leadership and governance needs of local communities in the North, under different political regimes.

    The 'New' Arctic: Social, Cultural and Climate Change

      • The Arctic is changing rapidly and the dramatic reduction of polar sea ice symbolizes the transformation of a ‘frozen’ world of the past into a seasonally ice-free Arctic of tomorrow. These physical changes have already had a profound impact on Arctic cultures and residents, on the natural resources that sustain northern peoples, and for the first time directly affect the wider world as a result of new access to formerly inaccessible lands and waters. This theme will address the many socio-cultural issues of the changing Arctic world today.

      Inuit Education and Health

      • This theme elucidates the evolution of the Inuit education system and examines how institutions of health and education have successfully or unsuccessfully merged with Inuit ideas of education and health both in a historical and contemporary context, including the impacts of the past Residential Schooling institutions that have greatly affected historical and contemporary perceptions of education. 

      Inuit Languages and Literature

      • This theme will explore the importance of the Inuit (and, generally, indigenous) languages and Inuit literature in understanding the Inuit world as well as the importance of language revitalization projects in the North.  

      Inuit Art, Film and Media: Visual Anthropology of the North

      • In 1968 Anthropologist filmmaker Asen Balicksi visually captivated audiences through his film series of the Netsilik Eskimo. The evolution of film and an increase in dissemination outlets has encouraged a number of filmmakers and artists to capture and communicate Northern life and experiences throughout the world.  This theme will elucidate future, contemporary and historical themes of visual arts. 

      Perceptions of the past, a more inclusive archaeology

      • Throughout history, Inuit people have continued to adapt to socio-cultural and climatic shifts. Archaeological data provides a unique lens to understand climate shifts that are occurring today. This theme will present an understanding of Inuit in a historical and prehistoric context. Projects will also discuss community related activities and dissemination efforts.
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