Nunavut is the only jurisdiction in Canada without a designated heritage space to house and present its history. The Government of Nunavut continues to expend over $1 million annually to cover the cost of storing and preserving more than 140,000 Inuit artifacts on locations outside the territory.
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) Board of Directors want to see a Nunavut Heritage Centre on Inuit Owned Lands in Iqaluit. They believe it is time for Inuit artifacts and ethnographic material to be returned to Inuit homelands. QIA pledges support for the establishment of a Nunavut Heritage Centre up to $5 million.
The Nunavut Agreement recognizes the need to establish facilities in the Nunavut Settlement Area for the conservation and management of a representative portion of the archaeological record.
The QIA asks for a collaborative approach between the Government of Nunavut, Inuit organizations and other relevant organizations to advance the reality of a Nunavut Heritage Centre.