Inuit Culture

If a anyone asks us how long ago our earliest ancestor came to this land, we might respond, "earliest? in YEARS? Must be...10, no, 11 THOUSAND, I think!!".

For all practical purposes, our people simply have always been here. We no longer move our families and habitations from place to place with the seasons and the best hunting as we once did, but we live in our close-knit communities and still venture on the land to hunt and fish.

Our region is dotted with hundreds of untouched, pristine lakes with only limited local fishing in the vicinity of Arviat. Our outfitting areas are remote with no fishing pressure and no other lodges within 200 miles.
Winter Survival Skills
Traditional skills are very much practiced today, especially the survival skills needed to successfully travel and hunt even in the darkest days of winter.
Dog Teams
Dog teams were a traditional way of travel that has given way to the use of the snowmobile, ATV and bombardier. However, many youth in Arviat now race dog teams competitively. The old timers just laugh and say these racing dogs would never pull a load, and they are right, but it's still quite a thrill to race over many miles pulled by a team you had chosen and trained over many months.
Traditional Inuit Food
You can go into the store and pay over $12 a pound for beef flown in from the south, or take your rifle out on the land and get 100 pounds of caribou meat in an afternoon. The main staple foods for the people of Arviat still include the traditional foods of the Inuit; land mammals including caribou and arctic hare, and marine mammals such as seal, walrus, and occasionally beluga and bowhead whale.
Traditional Bannock Breakfast
Introduced by foreign whalers and fur traders in past centuries, bannock has become a traditional flatbread of aboriginal peoples throughout Canada.
Inuit Big Game
Tracking Since today's Inuit still hunt the same game species of their forefathers, the ancient arts of tracking game are just as relevant today.