Seals: Inuit tradition in Nunavut’s future

Nunavut celebrates the sustainable-use of a bountiful, renewable resource and promotes the use of traditional ecological knowledge to maintain our land-based culture.

Sealing is a means of Inuit cultural expression and economic livelihood. It is an option to limited wage employment opportunities, helps independent hunters finance the growing costs of subsistence harvesting and creates employment and income for Inuit producers of value-added products.

For thousands of years, seals have contributed to human survival across the Canadian Arctic. They have provided Inuit an invaluable source of local food, clothing and fuel for Inuit in a harsh, cold climate where few species are able to grow. Today, seal meat continues to be a nutritious alternative to store-bought groceries shipped from distant cities. Seals and other wildlife remain central to our northern life and cultural identity, even as remote northern communities connect online and adopt other aspects of contemporary life. Sustainable harvesting is a cultural practice that contributes to Nunavut’s economic future and encourages the transfer of traditional knowledge from elders to youth.

Visitors to this website are encouraged to go through the links provided here and learn more about Nunavut’s sealing tradition, its importance to Inuit culture and the issues surrounding it.