How this women-led heritage centre is embracing innovation and tradition to support Northern communities

Changemakers in Canada’s North

Why It Matters

In partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, we’re crafting a new series to spotlight the Arctic innovations driving social impact, empowering women, and redefining philanthropy. In honour of International Women’s Week, we’re launching the series with a deep-dive into the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society.

This International Women’s Week, we’re celebrating the Arctic innovations driving social impact in Canada’s North. In partnership with Community Foundations Canada (CFC), we’re highlighting four stories of on-the-ground projects enhancing lives and redefining philanthropy, supported and funded by CFC and the Equality Fund through a pilot fund dedicated to gender equality. 

Our first story takes us to Cambridge Bay, where the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society (PI/KHS) is based — one of Nunavut’s longest established heritage organizations. For the last 25 years, PI/KHS has been supporting and providing services to Inuinnait, a distinct regional group of Inuit living in the Central Canadian Arctic. KHS focuses on the preservation of Inuinnait culture by bringing together Elders, language specialists, Innuinnait governance, and communities. The or

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