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Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Principles

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) Principles are Inuit teachings that provide a culturally grounded sense of purpose and inherent responsibilities. The wisdom of these teaching ground how we live a good life; guiding respectful relationships, management practices, and governance. The IQ Principles serve a similar role as the Indigenous 7 Sacred/Grandfather Teachings.

ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᖅ, Inuuqatigiitsiarniq

Respecting others, relationships and caring for people.

ᐱᓕᒻᒪᒃᓴᕐᓂᖅ, Pilimmaksarniq

Development of skills through observation, mentoring, practice, and effort.

ᑐᙵᓇᕐᓂᖅ, Tunnganarniq

Fostering good spirit by being open, welcoming and inclusive.

ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᒌᓐᓂᖅ Ikajuqtigiinniq

Working together for a common cause.

ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕐᓂᖅ, Pijitsirniq

Serving and providing for family and/or community.

ᖃᓄᖅᑑᕐᓂᖅ , Qanuqtuurniq

Being innovative and resourceful.


Decision making through discussion and consensus.

ᐊᕙᑎᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᒪᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᖅAvatittinnik Kamatsiarniq

Respect and care for the land, animals and the environment.

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