Inuit Culture Education

TEACHING BY FILMS

What you can teach with these films

Atanarjuat The Fast Runner The Fast Runner Trilogy | AGES 14+

  • Inuit legends
  • Shamanism
  • Community-based filmmaking
  • Nomadic communities
  • First film written, directed and acted by Inuit
  • Inuktitut language
  • Inuit ancestors

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen The Fast Runner Trilogy | AGES 14+

  • Inuit storytelling
  • Early 20th century
  • Modern anthropology
  • Old vs new culture
  • Christianity
  • Shamanism
  • Arctic Expeditions
  • Digital storytelling

Before Tomorrow The Fast Runner Trilogy | AGES 14+

  • Inuit women storytelling
  • Family relationships
  • Impact of disease
  • First encounter with white people

Qimuksik Dog Team | ALL AGES

  • Life in the Arctic
  • Inuit survival skills (the old way): navigation, ice thickness, driving the dogs, building the igloo, catching seals on the open water, running down caribou to feed the family.
  • Family: dad role model
  • Hunting skills
  • Inuit relationship with dogs

Nanugiurutiga My First Polar Bear | ALL AGES

  • Polar Bears
  • Elders storytelling
  • Working in community
  • Inuit Family
  • Hunting skills
  • Inuit relationship with dogs

Artcirq | ALL AGES

  • Inuit traditions and circus training
  • Working in community
  • Youth in the Arctic
  • Suicide and despair prevention
  • Good examples for community
  • Circus performance
  • Inuit storytelling with theater and songs

Unakuluk Dear Little One | ALL AGES

  • Inuit culture
  • Inuit family relations
  • Women stories
  • Adoption as a tradition
  • Storytelling through embroider, draw and cut of fabric

Aiviaq Walrus Hunt | ALL AGES

  • Inuit historic use of boats
  • Old way of camping
  • Children handling
  • Social structure
  • Safety measures
  • Hunting practices
 

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How we live

PHOTO albums

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Music Channels

Multimedia Content on IsumaTV (Video, Audio and Images).
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Link to: Tanya Tagaq
Link to: Lucie Idlout
Link to: Artcirq Jam
Link to: Unikkaat Sivunittinnit: Messages from the Past

Video Channels

 

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TEACHER RESOURCES

Classroom Videos

Artcirq Lesson

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Lesson Plans

Multimedia Lesson Plans

Teach students about the Inuit, the native people of the Canadian Arctic and Nunavut, thee newest territory in Canada, established in April of 1999. Download the lesson plans in PDF format. The acocompanying educational documentaries can be watched in Full Screen on your computer, or projected in the classroom.

Grades 4 to 6 | Grades 7 to 9 | Grades 10 and up

 

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Teach Through Subjects of Interest

Climate Change

Climate Change | Inuit knowledge

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

A new cross-platform multi-media documentary by Zacharias Kunuk O.C. and Dr. Ian J. Mauro, presenting Inuit knowledge collected over centuries regarding land, water, animals and the impact of climate change on survival and adaptation.

Climate Change | International legal action

International Legal Action on Climate Change

50 unedited interviews of Siila Watt-Cloutier petition.
Siila Watt-Cloutier launched the world's first international legal action on climate change. On December 7, 2005, based on the findings of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, which projects that Inuit hunting culture may not survive the loss of sea ice and other changes projected over the coming decades, she filed a petition, along with 62 Inuit Hunters and Elders from communities across Canada and Alaska, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging that unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases from the United States have violted Inuit cultural and environmental human rights are guaranteed by the 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.

Climate Change | LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

The 9th Annual Lafontaine-Baldwin

Siila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit climate activist and 2007, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, speaking LIVE from Iqaluit on Inuit Knowledge, Human Rights and Climate Change.

Mining

Mining| Discussions on mining in Igloolik

Show me on the map: Discussions on mining in Igloolik

Click to watch the videos:

  • "And I don't believe when they say 'We have the most efficient, cleanest mining in modern days' because I don't think there are any clean mines."

~Terry Uyaruak

  • "The plan consists of destroying the environment, the wildlife, therefore the Inuit."

~Madeline Ivalu

Truth and Reconciliation – Residential Schools

Truth and Reconciliation – Residential Schools | Testimony

Testimony by Isuma

24 Residential school survivors' video-testimony, the majority shared in Inuktitut. Read English translations of Testimonies below films.

Truth and Reconciliation – Residential Schools | Your Testimony

Truth and Reconciliation – Residential Schools | Canadian Prime Minister's apology

Canadian Apology Part 2

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, Prime minster of Canada Stephen Harper delivered a history apology for the treatment of Aboriginal children at residential schools. Click on the thumbnail to watch.

Truth and Reconciliation – Residential Schools | Survivor Letters

Survivor Letters

To display your truth and reconciliation channel here:

 
Websites of Interest About Inuit Culture and the Canadian Arctic

Language

LANGUAGE

Inuktitut, the Language of the Inuit

Channel Qaujimaviit

Channel: Qaujimaviit

A series of educational, yet entertaining, videos for people who are interested in Inuktitut and want to learn more about the subtleties of this language.

Photos SILA Inuktitut Dictionary

Channel: SILA Inuktitut Dictionary

Listen and learn every letter in the Inuktitut Dictionary.

Preserving and Promoting the Inuktitut Language

Channel Arctic Languages

Channel: Arctic Languages

Footage from the Arctic Indigenous Languages Symposium in Tromso, Norway, October 19-21, 2008. Inuit Circumpolar Conference.

Announcement New Law for Inuktitut

Channel: Isuma News

The Canadian government has decided to approve Nunavut’s proposal to declare Inuktitut, English and French its official languages.
Read more

Channel Interview with Eva Aariak | Inuit Language Protection

CHANNEL: Inuusivut

Lesson Plans

Channel Inuktitut the Language of the Inuit of Nunavut Lesson

LESSON PLANS: Inuktitut, the Language of the Inuit of Nunavut

Teach students about the Inuit, the native people of the Canadian Arctic, and Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada established in 1999. Download the lesson plans in PDF format. The accompanying educational documentaries can be watched in Full Screen on your computer or projected in the classroom

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Channels in Inuktitut

Promoting Inuktitut

Inuktitut T-shirts

Short shirts, long shirts, babyclothing and mugs in Inuktitut syllabics and Romans. Translated to English, French and Spanish.

Websites of Interest

Exploring Inuit Culture Curriculum

LESSON PLANS BASED ON FILMS

Teach students about the Inuit, the native people of the Canadian Arctic, and Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada established in 1999. Download the Lesson Plans available in PDF format. The accompanying educational documentaries can be watched in Full Screen on your computer or projected in the classroom.

Grades 4 to 6

Grades 7 to 10

Grades 10 and up

 

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Sets

The sets for Atanarjuat were all authentic Inuit dwellings, made from traditional natural materials such as ice blocks, animal skins, rocks, sod, and snow. Igloos, for instance, were crafted from real snow blocks - not styrofoam as in some Southern productions about life in the Arctic!

Hunting Tools

In the film, this set of hunting tools is made of intricately laced bone and sinew.

The forked kakivak (fish spear) requires impeccable hand-eye coordination and timing.

The unaaq (spear) can be used hunt a variety of animals, such as polar bear, seal, walrus, beluga, and narwhal.

Caribou Goggles

Iggak (caribou goggles) are carved from the antlers of the animal. They were worn to protect the eyes from the harsh glare of sunlight reflected on the ice and snow in the Arctic.

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