Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

What Inuit Have Always Known to Be True

Edited by Joe Karetak, Frank Tester and Shirley Tagalik  

Paperback $28.00

EPUB $27.99

Are you a student?

The Inuit have experienced colonization and the resulting disregard for the societal systems, beliefs and support structures foundational to Inuit culture for generations. While much research has articulated the impacts of colonization and recognized that Indigenous cultures and worldviews are central to the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities, little work has been done to preserve Inuit culture. Unfortunately, most people have a very limited understanding of Inuit culture, and often apply only a few trappings of culture — past practices, artifacts and catchwords —to projects to justify cultural relevance.

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit — meaning all the extensive knowledge and experience passed from generation to generation — is a collection of contributions by well- known and respected Inuit Elders. The book functions as a way of preserving important knowledge and tradition, contextualizing that knowledge within Canada’s colonial legacy and providing an Inuit perspective on how we relate to each other, to other living beings and the environment.

  • Kindle
  • ISBN: 9781552669938
  • September 2017
  • For sale worldwide
  • EPUB
  • ISBN: 9781552669921
  • September 2017
  • $27.99
  • For sale worldwide

Download excerpt

Request Exam Copy


  • The stories told in this book (by male and female elders alike) emphasize that the development of able human beings—who can manage the challenges provided not only by the land by also by life in contemporary communities—begins in early childhood, and the teachings around this are rich and complex.

    — Keavy Martin (U of Alberta) for Transmotion (Vol 4, No 1 2018) (full review)


  • Foreword: Creating the Book (Shirley Tagalik)
  • Introduction: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Truth and Reconciliation (Joe Karetak & Frank Tester)
  • Colonial Challenges and Recovery in the Eastern Arctic (Frank Tester)
  • About Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Mark Kalluak)
  • The Role of Family (Atuat Akittirq)
  • Hunting, Fishing and the Laws of the Land (Jose Angutinngurniq)
  • We Inuit Call Our Children Qiturngat (Louis Angalik)
  • Inutsiapagutit: The Inuit Teachings (Alice Aiyalik)
  • Conscientious Planning (Norman Attangalaaq)
  • Inunnguiniq: Making a Human Being (Rhoda Karetak & Atuat Akittirq in conversation)
  • Pamiqsainirmik: Training Children (Donald Uluadluak)
  • Planning and Preparing Well (Mariano Aupilaarjuq)
  • Healing Unresolved Issues (Rhoda Akpaliapik Karetak)
  • Inuit Knowledge Applies Today (Joe Karetak)
  • Epilogue: The Value of Relational Ways of Knowing and Being (Margo Greenwood)
  • Glossary
  • Contributors
  • Notes


  • Joe Karetak

    Joe Karetak is community education coordinator for the Government of Nunavut.

  • Frank Tester

    Frank Tester is a geographer, social worker and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia. He is co-author of two books dealing with the social history of Inuit in the eastern Arctic and papers and reports dealing with contemporary social issues affecting Inuit. He has travelled and worked throughout Nunavut Territory and brings to his work a commitment to social justice and human rights. Frank received the Gustavus Myers Award for his research on Inuit rights, history and his contributions to the study and promotion of human rights in North America. He is also a recipient of the 1995 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize for his co-authored book, Tammarniit (Mistakes): Inuit Relocation in the Eastern Arctic, 1939-62 (1994, UBC Press).

  • Shirley Tagalik

    Shirley Tagalik is research assistant at Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Igaluit.

Subscribe to our newsletter and take 10% off your first purchase.