Knowledge is power. And knowledge in our contemporary society frequently takes the form of data. In our political and business world, to make a political argument, or a business case, sound and credible data is needed. One of the projects the Inuit Qaujisarvingat has brought to life is one of the most remarkable data sets among Aboriginal peoples in Canada called Naasautit.
During the first week of November delegates to the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami conference will take some time to reflect on the work we as Inuit have done over the past 40 years. The first of November marks the 40th anniversary of our incorporation as the national Inuit organization. Our role, then as now, is to speak with a unified voice for Inuit advancement.
Gone Fishing is a great term, often used figuratively when one is shutting down business for a while or, in my own case, taking a break from Inuit politics, policy and programs. But it’s an even better term used literally, when you can tell the office that you have actually “gone fishing” and come back with the big fish to prove it.
Many are genuinely unaware of the staggering cost of living in our communities. They are shocked to see that it costs $13 for a jug of milk or $17 for a bag of red grapes — foods that they buy for their own family every week at a much lower cost.
On this special evening we shone a spotlight on Inuit achievement, on what we can accomplish with the support of those around us. And, of course, Inuit culture is about sharing, so it was fitting that the evening presented us with an opportunity to share all that we have to offer.
As Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami marks its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Inuit political voice comes of age.