LOOK UP! • AARLURIT ! • ᐋᕐᓗᕆᑦ!
Nunavut Arctic College has been publishing for almost three decades. Our press predates the political creation of Nunavut, but not the historical reality of a distinct Inuit land. We have been around for some time, yet we are new on the landscape of Canadian publishing.
Most people across Canada (and the world) are not familiar with our books. There is a good reason for this. Our books were purposefully published to serve students, teachers, and community members in the Eastern Arctic. These works were not intended for wide distribution, enviable sales, or awards; they exist as urgent, at times rough-hewn manifestations of intimate and collaborative efforts to archive the knowledge and history of unique generations. The narrators in our pages are often Inuit who weathered the bewildering movement from the land to static settlements in the mid-20th century, and those who entered residential schools.
So why do we embark on a wider adventure NOW?
It is in response to a constellation of needs, events, and questions. We want to continue to stimulate reflection and discussion as Nunavut enters its late teens and as attention to climate change, resource extraction, and global security more seriously affects the Arctic. We want to assist in safeguarding Inuit experience from becoming generalized among Canada’s other Aboriginal people, most vitally in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We want to help interpret “tradition” for younger Nunavummiut working to navigate their futures, and to evoke the everyday experiences that are often muted amid the myth and romance that regularly craft Arctic narratives.
Simply put, we feel a timely duty to better inform Canadians (and the world) about the historical and contemporary realities of the Canadian Arctic.
People have been coming to the Arctic for hundreds of years to explore, exploit, learn, trade, govern, wonder, and behold. We too are curious and bold. And NAC Media is excited to adventure from our storied territory into the mysterious province of the unknown.