Taken from the “Urban Inuit” page of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas:
“About 30 per cent of Inuit in Canada now live outside Inuit Nunangat. The trend toward urbanization among Inuit is growing, yet Canadian cities are not fully prepared to facilitate this transition from northern hamlets and communities to large southern urban areas. Many cities in Southern Canada have organizations established with First Nations in mind; however, the needs and realities of Inuit are unique among Indigenous populations.”
“The infrastructure and capacity built to facilitate the transition of First Nations moving to the urban environment needs to be replicated and supported to meet the specific needs of Inuit. Governments frequently make programs available to “Indigenous people.” This “pan-Indigenous” approach is felt to be simply a short form for First Nations, causing Inuit to continue to be treated as First Nations in program delivery. Inuit, a unique people with their own culture, language and history, are often forgotten. There must be Inuit-specific funding and program delivery, as Inuit often feel uncomfortable using pan-Indigenous facilities. Inuit are frequently not able to obtain funds due to this pan-Indigenous approach, as available funds are often distributed on a per capita basis. Since Inuit are the smallest population of Indigenous Peoples in urban settings, they are frequently given a very small portion of available funding allocated to Indigenous Peoples. This pan-Indigenous approach in services and programs delivery is simply not working.”
Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada: https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/section/inuit/
Gaian’s Thoughts: I never realized how significant the difference is between First Nations and Inuit Cultures. I definitely felt it was worth identifying in this doc first and foremost. The notion that “pan-Indigenous” perspectives cause lack of support or blind spots in caring for people’s needs and cultures definitely shocked me. Especially since currently we are trying for a blanket “Northern Indigenous” Fantasy theme. We can definitely do better and properly frame different cultures through the different regions/peoples already planned in the game world. In the way that the Vorku and Vaki are distant relatives that’ve branched away from each other we can have tribes of varying races representing different reaches of cultures and regions. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll be a good start to work towards. It would be great to communicate with any organizations that may exist in Edmonton regarding Inuit support organizations, as well as Cree.