Inuit Nunangat

"Inuit are an Indigenous people living primarily in Inuit Nunangat. The majority of our population lives in 53 communities spread across Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland encompassing 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline.

We have lived in our homeland since time immemorial. Our communities are among the most culturally resilient in North America. Roughly 60 percent of Inuit report an ability to conduct a conversation in Inuktut (the Inuit language), and our people harvest country foods such as seal, narwhal and caribou to feed our families and communities.

There are four Inuit regions in Canada, collectively known as Inuit Nunangat. The term “Inuit Nunangat” is a Canadian Inuit term that includes land, water, and ice. Inuit consider the land, water, and ice, of our homeland to be integral to our culture and our way of life." (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 2018)


Inuit resources

Inuit Tapitiit Kanatami - The national representational organization protecting and advancing the right and interests of Inuit in Canada

Inuit Nunangat Map - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Inuit Cultural Online Resources - Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre & Canadian Heritage

Canada's relationship with Inuit: A History of policy and program development (2006) - S. Bonesteel for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Canada's Residential Schools: Volume 2 - The Inuit and Northern Experience.


Inuit - selected books & articles

Inuit Authors (Zotero list) lists and expands on the sources in Inuit Testimony, Critique & Practice, the latest edition of our Indigenous Authors in the Spotlight series.

d'Anglure, B.S. (2019). Inuit stories of being and rebirth : gender, shamanism, and the third sex. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. (ebook)

Bennett, J., & Rowley, S. (eds). (2004). Uqalurait: an oral history of Nunavut. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. (ebook)

Billson, J. M., & Mancini, K. (2007). Inuit women: their powerful spirit in a century of change. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (print book)

Christopher, N., McDermott, N., & Flaherty, L. (2011). Unikkaaqtuat: an introduction to Inuit myths and legends. Inhabit Media. (print book)

Collings, P. (2014). Becoming inummarik: men's lives in an Inuit community. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. (print book)

Damas, D. (2002). Arctic migrants/Arctic villagers: the transformation of Inuit settlement in the central Arctic. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. (ebook)

Davis, R., & Zannis, M. (1973). The genocide machine in Canada: the pacification of the NorthMontreal: Black Rose Books. (print book)

Douglas, C. (ed). (2009). Inuktitut essentials: a phrasebookIqaluit: Pirurvik Press. (print book)

Dorais, L. (2010). The language of the Inuit: syntax, semantics, and society in the Arctic. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. (ebook)

Dunning, N. (2012). Reflections of a disk-less Inuk on Canada’s Eskimo identification system. Inuit Studies 36(2): 209-226. 

Karetak, J., Tester, F., & Tagalik, S. (eds). (2017). Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit : what Inuit have always known to be trueWinnipeg: Fernwood Publishing. (print book)

Komar, D. (2019). The court of better fiction: three trials, two executions, and Arctic sovereignty. Dundurn. (ebook)

Krupnik, I. (ed). (2016). Early Inuit studies: themes and transitions, 1850's - 1980's. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly press. (print book)

Natcher, D. C., Felt, L., & Procter, A. (eds). (2012). Settlement, subsistence, and change among the Labrador Inuit: the Nunatsiavummiut experienceWinnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. (ebook)

Oosten, J. & Miller, B.H. (2018). Traditions, traps and trends: transfter of knowledge in Arctic regions. Polynya Press. (ebook)

Owlijoot, P. & Flaherty, L. (eds). (2013). Inuit kinship and naming customsInhabit Media. (print book)

Scottie, J., Bernauer, W., & Hicks, J. (2022). I will live for both of us: a history of colonialism, uranium mining, and Inuit resistance. University of Manitoba Press. (print book)

Shadian, J. M. (2014). The politics of arctic sovereignty: oil, ice and Inuit governance. New York: Taylor & Francis Group. (print book)

Smith, D. G. (1993). The emergence of "Eskimo status": an examination of the Eskimo Disk List system and its social consequences, 1925-1970. (pp. 41- 74). In N. Dyck & J. B. Waldrum. (eds). Anthropology, public policy and native peoples in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. (ebook)

Stern, P., & Stevenson, L. (eds). (2006). Critical Inuit studies: an anthology of contemporary Arctic ethnography. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. (print book)

Vowel, C. (2016). Feel the Inukness: Inuit identity. In C. Vowel, Indigenous writes: a guide to First Nations, Metis and Inuit issues in Canada. (pp.  55-59). Winnipeg: Highwater Press. (ebook)

Watt-Cloutier, S. (2016). The right to be cold: one woman's story of protecting her culture, the Arctic and the whole planet. Penguin. (print book)

Wright, S. (2014). Our ice is vanishing = Sikuvut nunguliqtuq: a history of Inuit, newcomers and climate change. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. (print book)


Adapted from: Native Studies: Indigenous Peoples of Canada: Inuit Guide - University of Manitoba Library, C. Callison

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