Inuit Culture

Hunting is at the very core of Inuit culture. Comprehensive knowledge of local wildlife and survival techniques combined with incredible patience, tracking skills, physical and mental strength, stamina and courage required to become an effective hunter-provider are fundamental values in traditional Inuit culture and is still passed down from generation to generation.

To this day, communities throughout Nunavut continue the customs of sharing in the bounty of Arctic wildlife harvested by highly skilled hunters while Inuit women design and make clothing articles that follow the age old traditions adapted to extreme Arctic conditions.

The Inuit people and their great ancestors have achieved one of the most remarkable human accomplishments of all time, the successful population of the Arctic.

The Inuit and Polar Bears

Hunting polar bear in the Arctic is a privilege that so few outdoorsman will ever have the chance of experiencing. All of our guides and guide helpers are Inuit and posses government certification on safety standards used when out on the land. The Inuit are the only people in Canada who can legally harvest a polar bear based on cultural and subsistence purposes and is done through strictly enforced regulations and highly monitored tag allocations.

A sustainable harvest quota system set by Canadian scientists and local Inuit Wildlife Management Boards are based on the principles of conservation and aboriginal subsistence hunting, and are not market-driven.

Measures are in place to allow a limited number of polar bear tags from the overall annual harvest quota to be allocated for non-Aboriginal hunters thereby not affecting the management objectives and conservation of the species.

All the meat derived from a sport hunted polar bear goes directly to the Inuit guide and his family or the community food bank.

Historical Inuit Photo Gallery