The Inuit Today
The Inuit have integrated many of the changes of the last 50 years into their way of life. Today, they live in villages and their houses are made of modern materials. They still go hunting, but they also buy food at the store. Many of them go to church. Some have become famous for their sculptures. The greatest achievement of the Inuit in recent years is the creation of a new territory in Canada--Nunavut, which means "our land" in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit.
Nunavut is the largest territory in Canada. It was formed out of the eastern Canadian Arctic. The Inuit in Nunavut have special rights to the wealth that comes from the land, including hunting and fishing rights. Most of all, the Inuit govern themselves in Nunavut. This has renewed in them a sense of pride. Other Aboriginal groups want to follow the Inuit example. The Inuit hope that, given time, they will become a prosperous people in their new territory of Nunavut.