Culture and Heritage


About the Department

The Department of Culture and Heritage was established to provide leadership within the Government of Nunavut in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services aimed at strengthening the culture, language and heritage for all Nunavummiut. It serves the public and the Government of Nunavut with headquarters based in Iqaluit, Baker Lake, Igloolik, and Kugluktuk.

Culture and Heritage will achieve its mission through: providing leadership within the government by means of the promotion of Inuit Societal Values through the application of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit approaches to work; promoting the use of Inuit language in the workplace and throughout the territory; promoting access to information and resource materials in Nunavut's official languages in all communities; enhancing public library services across Nunavut; assisting non-profit, community based individuals and organizations in cultural, language and heritage activities and encouraging ongoing dialogue between Elders and youth and the government.

Uqausirmut Quviasuutigarniq
February 1 - 29, 2016

Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq is Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut and Inuit culture. The theme for 2016 is Inuit Annuraaqausingit (Inuit clothing). Starting in 2016, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq will be a full month long, from February 1 to 29.

What will you do for Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq 2016?

This celebration is for all Nunavummiut! For ideas, activities, and resources, visit our Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq 2016 main page and resource pages:

Human Anatomy Glossary

Download Nunavut’s first full-colour glossary of human anatomy, released February 2014. It includes over 400 terms in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, French, and English. The terms were gathered from Inuit Elders, with support from medical interpreters, translators, and health professionals in Nunavut.

Implementation of the Official Languages Act

Priorities of the Francophone Community of Nunavut Regarding French Services
March 2015