The Inuit’s lived in Inuit Nunangat, their homeland encompassing 36 per cent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline. Inuit Nunangat as a geographic and political space is largely unknown to most Canadians.
In this time of reconciliation, the Inuits are forcefully reclaiming their proper place as an Indigenous people in Canada by asserting Inuit self-determination through their language, place names and history.
The Inuit ancestors were ingenious and inventive, prospering in an environment that many outsiders have unfairly characterized as bleak and inhospitable. Today, Inuit culture and society remain dynamic and resilient: our language, Inuktut, is one of the strongest Indigenous languages in Canada by proportion of speakers, with the majority of our population reporting the ability to speak the language.
The Inuit people have made lasting and deepening imprints nationally and internationally in the arts, and through political activity, Inuit leaders have change the map of Canada and influenced the manner in which the federal government works with Indigenous Peoples. They also maintained a connection with the land, streams, lakes and seas and all things within them.
They also face challenges as people. The colonization’s of Inuit Nunangat took many forms between the 18th and early 20th centuries. This colonization was the genesis of a range of social and economic challenges that too many Inuit are still struggling with today. Inuit are a largely patriotic people who are proudly Indigenous but also proud Canadians. Yet they are still fighting for the same human rights enjoyed by most Canadians .
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