Life in the North - Inuit Culture

Traditional Inuit way of life was influenced by the climate and landscape of the north.  Tools, homes, art, language and recreation were all part of survival in their environment.  Inuit ways of life have changed over the last century.  Eurpoean contact was rare prior to 80 years ago and it wasn't until permanent settlements were created in the north that the Inuit way of life changed. 

Life in the North is a a full day field trip where students will experience northern games, bannock making, snow block cutting, using a qulliq lamp and the Inuktut language.  See trip outline at the bottom of the page.

Day of the Trip
If possible students should be on the bus and ready to leave the school by 9:15 in the morning. The full day will be spent outdoors. We will build fires at lunch time and students are encouraged to heat meals on their fire. Please see student checklist below for details on what students need for the day.  Field trip will be held on the Zehner Wildlife Lands.

Pre Field Trip Teaching
This field trip requires preparation in the classroom prior to the class visit and field trip dates.  Please see attachment below.

Teacher Resources

Inuit Culture

Inuit Games

Disc Numbers and Project Surname

Qulliq or Kudlik Lamp

Inuktituk Language

Curriculum Connections




Grade 5

Social Studies

IN5.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the Aboriginal heritage of Canada



IN5.2 Analyze the evolution of Canada as a multicultural nation



DR5.1 Analyze the historic and contemporary relationship of people to land in Canada



DR5.2 Assess the impact of the environment on the lives of people living in Canada


  Physical Education

PE5.11 Examine, evaluate and communicate the influence of Canadians, both historically and currently, on the development of the numerous options for particiation in movement activities in this country. 


Grade 6 Social Studies IN6.1 Evaluate and represent personal beliefs and values by determining how culture and place influence them.


    IN6.2 Examine the social and cultural diversity that exists in the world, as exemplified in Canada and a selection of countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean.  b
    IN6.4 Explore aspects of cultural change over time.  a,b
    DR6.1 Analyse the impact of natural environments on the ways of life in Canada and a selection of countr4ies bordering the Atlantic Ocean.  a,b
    DR6.3 Appraise the stategies human societies have used to orient themselves within the time and place in the natural environment.  d
  Physical Educaiton PE6.13 Analyze and apply safety guidelines and rules that apply to the target games, invasion/territorial games, and alternate environment activities to develop an appreciation of their impact on self and other.   c,d
Grade 7 Social Studies DR7.2 Appraise the impact of human habitation on the natural environment of Canada, and a selection of Pacific Rim and circumploar counties.  a,b,c,d
    DR7.3 Analyse the relationship between current and historical events and the physical and social environments in Pacific and northern Canada and in a selection of Pacific Rim and circumpolar countries.  c,d,e
  Physical Education PE7.9 Examine, evaluate and represwent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the development of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of felf and others.    a,b,e
Grade 8 Social Studies DR8.1 Develop an understanding of the significance of land on the evolutin of Canadian identity.  b,c,e
    PA8.1 Contemplate the implications of Canadian citizenship on the life of Canadians. d
  Physical Education PE8.1 Perform, both as a leader and a follower, self-created, collaboratively created, and establised sequences of movement with smooth transitions, incorporating skills and combinations of skills from a variety of games.  and body management activities alone and with others.    a,c,g,h,i
Life in the North Field Trip Outline14.46 KB
How to Make a Qulliq Lamp53.74 KB
Inuktitut Our Language204.41 KB
Inuit Games2.38 MB
Life in the North Power Point for Class Visit3.07 MB
Bannock Recipe31.48 KB
Life in the North Field Trip Checklist34.4 KB