Welcome. This is the website for the ᓄᓇᓕᔾᔪᐊᖅ || Nunalijjuaq project. It is a 5 year action research project funded by an Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Its main aim is to help facilitate community-based or driven projects or ‘actions’ which seek to improve the wellbeing and social situation of Inuit in Montreal – these projects can be viewed via the ‘actions’ tab in the menu above. At the same time, it seeks to improve our understanding of the dynamics of Inuit mobility within the context of an ever increasing number of Inuit living in southern cities.
Beyond the territorial borders of the four northern settlement regions in Canada, Inuit migration to southern cities such as Montreal but also Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto and St. John’s represents one of the most complex and yet least understood aspects of Inuit society and politics moving forward in the 21st century. Set against this backdrop, this project both addresses, and acts in response to, the issues affecting Inuit in Montreal ranging from collective well-being and the continuity of cultural practice to the adequacy of frontline services and representative governance in cities.
Image of the ᐅᒥᐊᒃ || Umiak
We have chosen Joe Talirunili’s (1906-1976) carving entitled Migration c. 1965 as the banner image. It is one of a series of carvings Talirunili made of an Umiak. In Inuktitut, the word ᐅᒥᐊᒃ or ‘Umiak’ refers to a large boat that was used by the majority of coastal Inuit to transport people and goods across open seas. As the primary means of migration, Inuit have many stories – humorous, adventurous and tragic – of the umiak. In this project, we employ the term ‘Umiak’ as our symbolic point of departure for reflecting on the ties which link urban migration today with Inuit mobilities in the past.
Mark Watson – Principal Investigator
mark.watson(at)concordia.ca || 514-848-2424 ext 2127
Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, H-1125-03, Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. O, Montreal. QC. H3G 1M8.
Stephen Agluvak Puskas – Project Manager