November 7: International Inuit People’s Day
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Today is International Inuit Day.
The day was first recognized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly in Utqiagvik. The November 7th date honors the birthday of an Inuit Circumpolar Council visionary, Eben Hopson Senior.
Approximately 155,000 Inuit people live across Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia.
We reached out to Sean Topkok, a community leader and Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, to hear his thoughts on the importance of the day.
“What International Inuit Day means to me is a way of celebrating who we are,” Topkok said. “This is a chance for us to celebrate who we are, we live our lives every day, we have been here for 10,000 years, and we are still resilient, we are still thriving and we are passing our knowledge down to our descendants through our dance group, speaking our language. Inuit People’s Day is a way to celebrate our heritage.”
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