Inuit Place Names of Nunavik Map Series

"We were taught by our ancestors the names of the land, lakes, hills and islands,

and we have an obligation to pass these on to our young people"

 

Samwillie Annahatak (Kangirsuk, March 1981)

(Ludger Müller-Wille, 1987. Gazetteer of Inuit place names in Nunavik (Quebec, Canada): iii).

 

Since 1983, Avataq Cultural Institute and many other contributors have compiled Inuit place names in Nunavik in order to safeguard this traditional knowledge. Place names were given to the land and have been passed down orally through generations. They reflect a strong understanding of the land and represent an important part of Nunavik’s cultural heritage and history.

 

These place names have now been made accessible through a variety map collections, available in different scales and formats. The main collection, Nunatop 50K Map Series, covers the region at a 1: 50 000 scale and represents a total of 648 maps. The other collections offer the same information in a number of different formats.

Nunatop 50K Map Series

Nunatop 50K
MAPS SERIES

The whole Nunavik region covered with 640 topographic maps

Scale 1:50.000

Islands Map Series

Islands
Map Series

Serie of 8 maps made to hold the whole island or archipelag extensión

Various scales

Villages Map Series

Villages
Map Series

Serie of 15 where the main Nunavik villages are centred on the map

Scale 1:50.000 

Murals - large format

MURALS
large format

Serie of 14 murals 2m hight x 3 m wide, focussed on the main villages of Nunavik

1:75.000 scale

Nunavik Collection

Special Maps

independent maps created as a special request

Or go to Custom Maps for a special request

 

THE projecT

Since 1983, Avataq Cultural Institute and many other contributors have compiled Inuit place names in Nunavik in order to safeguard this traditional knowledge. Place names were given to the land and have been passed down orally through generations. They reflect a strong understanding of the land and represent an important part of Nunavik’s cultural heritage and history.

ABOUT US

Avataq Cultural Institute is a non-profit Inuit organization representing and safeguarding the Nunavimmiut cultural heritage. Our goal is to ensure that Inuit culture and language continue to thrive into the future, so that successive generations can benefit from the rich heritage passed down through the wisdom of the ancestors.