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Celebrating International Inuit Day

Inuit book covers on a light-blue and light-yellow background.

Mon, Nov 07, 2022

November 7 marks the annual celebration of International Inuit Day. The date was chosen to mark the birthday of Iñupiaq leader Eben Hopson, who founded the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an organization that sought to unify and better represent Indigenous voices and populations throughout the Arctic.  

Hopson also served in the Alaska state Senate, which reminds us that in Canada, our highest governmental position – the Governor General – is filled by Mary Simon, not only Canada’s first Indigenous appointee, but an Inuk leader and advocate. 

Ottawa is home to a large and ever-growing population of Inuit, and our collection tries to reflect that. Our selection of Inuktitut-language resources continues to expand, and we’re collecting more and more books, films, and music by Inuit creators and relevant to Inuit life and issues.  

Check out the booklists below for new and seminal work by Inuit creators – from Nyla Innuksuk’s new film Slash/Back to classics like Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk’s Sanaaq. 

International Inuit Day / Journée internationale des Inuitsby Daniel_Library

New and notable resources that celebrate the diversity of Inuit life and Inuit creators / De nouvelles et importantes ressources pour célébrer la diversité inuite et ses créateurs

Indigenous Language Collection - Inuktitutby indigenous_library

This collection features books, music, films and digital titles for children, teens, and adults in Inuktitut. Also includes bilingual titles in Inuktitut and English.

Collection Langue Autochtone - Inuktitutby Autochtones_bibliothèque

Cette collection inclue des livres, de la musique, des films et des titres digitaux pour les enfants, adolescents et adultes en langue inuktitut. Elle inclue aussi des titres bilingues français/inuktitut et trilingues anglais/français/inuktitut.