Avataq Cultural Institute
Organization profile published 1986
Year Published: 1986
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX3081
Abstract: AVATAQ CULTURAL INSTITUTE emerged during the process of Inuit self-determination. It is intended as a vehicle by which the Inuit geographically within Quebec can preserve traditional values and objects of historical importance, and at the same time promote the sponsor activities of a cultural nature throughout the region. It began operations in late 1980 as a cultural non-profit organization.
The thrust of the INSTITUTE"S policies are the preservation and development of the Inuit language and culture, and the reclaiming of Inuit history. Projects are developed in close consultation with Inuit elders at annual elders conferences.
A museum and cultural centre is being constructed at Inukjuak. It will provide services and cultural activities such as media productions, performing arts, regional assemblies, distribution of cultural materials, and short-term eductional courses in the traditional and contemporary Inuit experience. Materials and artifacts are being solicited from the region, and attempts will be made to patriate cultural artifacts and documents from southern museums, universities, and other collectors. Exchange programs will also be undertaken.
See Also CX2860.