Reclaiming the Whole Woman | Pirurvik

Reclaiming the Whole Woman

Prosperous Inuit women, families & communities

Reclaiming the Whole Woman is a revolutionary new program built around an essential fact of traditional Inuit life: prosperity, and at times survival itself, depended on women who were skilled in a wide variety of tasks and able to sustain themselves and those around them. This program builds on the strengths and resilience of Inuit women to
create a fabric of learning and support that is grounded in Inuit ways of thinking, doing and communicating. It will combine training in skills that are essential in today’s workplace with traditional topics at the heart of the Inuit identity.

"This program is about realizing ourselves as whole Inuit women…About our personal wellness and health, about our creativity, dreams and aspirations, about our work and careers, about our role in the family and relationships, about being leaders and about our rights to our Inuit cultural skills and language.It is about envisioning ourselves as strong, Inuit women who can live with the richness of our past, present and future."

Women who participate in the program will attain the knowledge and self‐confidence to apply their talents toward the development of their personal lives, their families and careers.

Reclaiming the Whole Woman will reach out to three generations of Inuit women, using a single approach.

Today’s Elders:
Born and raised in traditional camps, these women carry the legacy of Inuit knowledge and values in tact from previous generations. Almost all are unilingual speakers of Inuktitut who are familiar with aspects of Inuit culture and language that are disappearing from daily life. These women will play a fundamental role in the Reclaiming the Whole
Woman program by acting as teachers, healers, mentors and as a source of inspiration to sustain our efforts.

The Next Generation of Elders:

The project will draw from middle aged Inuit who will become Elders in the next two decades. Most Inuit of this generation have strong memories of traditional Inuit lifestyles from their childhood. As such, they are able to work directly with the Elders of today and act as intermediaries in transferring their knowledge to younger generations.
The survival of many aspects of the Inuit way of life depends on the ability of this generation to ensure they continue to be practised.

Younger generations of Inuit in the Arctic:
Younger generations, raised in modern communities and educated in schools, have varying degrees of familiarity with the traditional Inuit way of life. Those who lack strong mentors in their lives often have few opportunities to experience and learn Inuit knowledge, skills and values.


The program currently consists of approximately 7 course modules. Each module will provide 10-15 days of instruction and will be designed with flexibility so that it may be delivered on its own, or as part of a more extensive full-time program.

Wellness and Health

The Wellness and Health module brings together traditional Inuit Healing practices and modern mental health practices to focuses on the holistic health of the participant and their family. It is part of an overall process in identifying our needs and finding support for our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual growth. This module is typically paired with the Personal Potential and Creativity module. Topics include:

Personal Potential & Creative Talent (Sanatuniq)

This short module is a ‘personal visioning’ program. It provides the participant with an opportunity to explore topics such as:

Computer Skills

Inuktitut Computing and Information Technology Skills

This module recognizes the role of computer and internet skills in creating self-reliance within our lives and work. It covers core skill areas of using, buying and maintaining a computer as well as Internet research skills (critical for remote communities), email and keyboard.  Specific topics will relate directly to the issues of working in Nunavut – particularly the need to function in an Inuktitut and overall multilingual work environment.

Topics include:

Workplace Leadership

Workplace Leadership and Management

This module explores issues of leadership, team work and cross-cultural management. It empowers you to develop your strengths as a colleague, a leader and team member. The core topics of this module relate to:

Healthy Parenting

Inuusiqattiarniq & Ilagiittiarniq: Healthy Parenting Knowledge and Skills

This program explores our roles and responsibilities as parents and uses both Inuit concepts (as in “bringing the qulliq back home”) and modern skills relating to raising healthy children. It includes a wide range of concepts relating to the needs of all parents. Topics include:

Cultural Skills Enhancement: The Woman’s Right

The Woman’s Right is about reclaiming the real skills and knowledge that have kept us strong as Inuit women for centuries. It is about being self-reliant and industrious and having the skills to be creative and innovative. This course is based on the reality that our cultural skills are not valuable only in the past - they have real use today for both our economic and social wellbeing. 

The core course materials will relate to

Economic Sustainability

Makimaniq & Qakimaniq: Economic Sustainabiliy

This program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to be an active, responsible part of the modern economy. It explores the realities of our local, national and International economic situation including business skills, financial management and government. The course emphasizes both a macro view of our economic situation and a micro level small business skills/entrepreneurship component. Topics include: