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Inuit Nunangat 101: Redefining Northern Boundaries

Historical heritage of Inuit extends beyond multiple national jurisdictions. Linguistic and cultural similarities connect northern peoples historically and socially.

Map showing the members of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference.

Circumpolar Peoples

"Inuit" is a term in Inuktitut signifying the plural of "inuk." An "inuk" is a human being with a living soul. Inuit are the aboriginal residents of arctic areas of Greenland, Canada, U.S.A. and parts of Siberia. According to Inuk elder and interpreter Leah Inutiq, the area where Inuit and their connected cultural geographic area is collectively known as "ukiuqtartumiut" - the winterlands.


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