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Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit 8 Principles: How they are applied within the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

These principles have been set out by the Government of Nunavut.

1. Inuuqatigiitsiarniq – Respecting others, relationships, and caring for people

  • Pay staff above minimum wage, pay during national/territorial holidays
  • Prioritize wages over other potential expenses when making budget decisions
  • Be open to visitors every day (not holidays)
  • Building environment that is physically comfortable for people
  • Shoe cover option for those that don’t want to remove shoes
  • Purchase price set by artists

2. Tunnganarniq – Fostering good spirit by being open, welcoming, and inclusive

  • Choice of options between in-person guide (visitor attendant) or self-guided by signs
  • Language use in written Inuktitut, written/spoken English
  • Free admission so there is no barrier for those interested in visiting
  • Lunch hour and after work hours to be considerate of those with 9-5 jobs
  • Wheelchair accessible into building

3. Pijittirniq – Serving and providing for family and/or community

  • Clearly communicate services as exhibits, gift shop, collection access
  • High service standards
  • Artist Appreciation Day series to serve local artists

4. Aajiqatigiingniq – Decision making through discussion and consensus

  • Iqaluit resident volunteer board meetings every month
  • Transparent with activities as shared online, in building
  • Encourage feedback, evaluation for improving all services

5. Pilimmaksarniq – Development of skills through observation, mentoring, practice, and effort

  • Varied work for staff
  • Learn through exhibitions that includes reading, visual, objects, video

6. Ikajuqtigiinniq - Working together for a common cause

  • Internal structure is simple: Society Members, Board, Manager/Curator, Visitor Attendants
  • Partnerships with organizations and individuals

7. Qanuqtuurniq – Being innovative and resourceful

  • Gift shop packing supplies being reused and accepted from the public
  • Use supplies already in building for exhibitions, events

8. Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq – Respect and care for the land, animals, and the environment

  • Reduce use of plastic in packaging
  • Shop local for supplies
  • Do not use electricity when spaces not in use
  • Do not use disposable plates, mugs, glasses