Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

Quttinirpaaq National Park

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit refers to the knowledge and understanding of all things that affect the daily lives of Inuit and the application of that knowledge for the survival of a people and their culture. It is a knowledge that has sustained the past and that is to be used today to ensure an enduring future. Inuit values are incorporated through the cooperative management model of Quttinirpaaq National Park.

The six guiding principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit are:

  1. Pijitsirnjiq: The concept of serving and providing for; a concept related to stewardship.
  2. Aajiiqatigiingni: The Inuit way of decision-making by comparing views or taking counsel; consensus decision-making.
  3. Pilnimmaksarniq: The passing on of knowledge and skills through observation, doing, and practice.
  4. Piliriqatigiingniq: The concept of collaborative working relationships or working together for a common purpose.
  5. Avatittinnik Kamattiarniq: The concept of environmental stewardship.
  6. Qanuqtuurniq: The concept of being resourceful to solve problems.

Inuit Traditional Knowledge is knowledge that is derived from Inuit culture and the accumulated life experience of all members of the community. It is the Inuit understanding of Arctic terrestrial and marine ecosystems and how to live and flourish within these ecosystems.

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