The Inuit Heritage Trust (IHT)

The Inuit Heritage Trust is dedicated to the preservation, enrichment and protection of Inuit cultural heritage and identity embodied in Nunavut's archaeology sites, ethnographic resources and traditional place names. The Trust's activities are based on the principle of respect for the traditional knowledge and wisdom of our Elders.

The Inuit Heritage Trust receives its mandate from the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, the largest aboriginal land claim settlement in Canadian history, signed in 1993.

In Nunavut, IHT represents Inuit interests in issues that relate to heritage, archaeology, ethnographic resources, traditional place names and spiritual places.

Upcoming Deadlines

Alain Maktar Heritage Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

Are you a Land Claims Beneficiary? Are you aiming for post-secondary education in the heritage field for example in Archaeology, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Museum Studies?

Then Inuit Heritage Trust would like to invite you to apply for our Alain Maktar Heritage Scholarship.

The scholarship in honor of our past board member Alain Maktar who was very passionate about archaeology in and around Pond Inlet is remunerated with $5,0000. Both first time and re-applicants are welcome to contact IHT for more information....Details

Call 867-979-0731 and ask for more information or email to

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Nunavut Archaeology and Artifacts Guide Booklets


Guidebook Heritage Workers

Guidebook Norther Students

The Inuit Heritage Trust has published four new booklets on archaeology in Nunavut.

All three booklets, in English, are now available in our online store and office for approximately $15 each. Please vist our online Store.

Booklet for Northern Communities
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This booklet designed as an overview for all Nunavummiut who have questions regarding work of archaeologists, rules and regulations for archaeological sites and opportunities to become involved in archaeological projects.

Booklet for Northern Heritage Workers
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This booklet is specifically designed to help heritage centre staff, and other heritage workers in Nunavut with their responsibilities to provide the proper care for exhibitions and historical objects.

Booklet for Northern Students
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This booklet targets grades 10-12 and talks about different key aspects of archaeology in Nunavut. It answers questions regarding the work of archaeologists in the territory; rules and regulations for archaeological sites; how to become involved with archaeological projects; and also about academic and traditional Inuit knowledge of the arctic's early history and inhabitants.

Inuktitut versions of these booklets will follow in summer 2016.


An Instructor’s Guide to
Archaelogical Excavation in Nunavut

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This instructor's guide is designed to help Nunavummiut learn about archaeology through hands-on experience. It can be used by instructors for school groups, at community events, and to help heritage workers. The full kit will be available soon.



Explore all of our projects

Archaelogical Field Schools
Mentorship Program

Place Names

Arctic Peoples and Archaelogy CD
Elder Recognition
Alain Maktar Heritage Scholarship

Nunavut-wide Projects / Heritage
Nunavut Heritage Network
Fly-in Conservator Project
Heritage Sector Strategy
Territorial Collections Management
Archives Council of Nunavut
Heritage Training Program
Nunavut Heritage Leadership Program
Heritage Skils Gap Study