Many Indigenous Peoples would like to be left alone to pursue traditional life-styles. The encroaching development initiatives from outside First Nations territories renders this relatively impossible. The clash of cultures demands that oral societies learn the ways of the dominant societies around them.

Can these predominantly oral communities retain personal and collective traditions and values, while augmenting this knowledge with the appropriate skills required to ensure the survival of their communities, given the impact of globalization?

When we talk about access to information, whose information are we speaking about?

Rosemarie Kuptana
Inuit Nation

In conversation with
Carmen Caullan Catrivil
Mapuche Nation


Video Translation: You know there may be lots of cultural intrusions into your lives, into our lives that will threaten our culture, our language, our family structures, but how we take those cultural intrusions and how we use the new intrusions such as television, or such as computers or any new technology or anything, the attitude that we have towards that new intrusion will determine whether it has power over us or not.

And from an Inuit point of view, we’ve always been a society that has taken any intrusion into our society and used it as tool to help us preserve our language and our culture and I think it’s because of that attitude we’ve been able to survive in the kind of environment that we live in and this is one thought that my grandmother always left me with. She had a very strong influence on my life. (That)- she said that, "if you are grounded in one culture, meaning my own," she said, "you will always survive in any other culture because you know who you are and you know where you are coming from and you know where you are going."

Do you agree with Rosemarie's point of view?

What is the impact of information and communications technologies on your community?

Whose interests are being served, anyway?

What is the relevance of universal access to your culture?


Multilingual document (pdf)


Culture (Portal)



Ms. Rosemarie Kuptana
Former President,
Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami)

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Climate Change Threatens the Arctic
United Nations Environment Program
In Focus Archive

How the North is Getting Burned
By Alanna Mitchell
The Globe and Mail - June 5, 2001

Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Arctic Council

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat

Arctic circumpolar participation in the Global Forum for Indigenous Issues
and the World Summit on the Information Society

Geneva, December 2003


Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner
Based on an ancient Inuit legend
Atanarjuat was filmed with an all-Inuit cast in Inuktitutand the first feature to be made
in the Inuktitut language
Un Certain Regard - Official Selection - Cannes 2001
Winner Camera d'or for Best First Feature Film

Nanook of the North
The Museum of Modern Art

How I Filmed Nanook of the North
Adventures with the Eskimos to Get Pictures of Their Home Life
and Their Battles with Nature to Get Food.
The Walrus Fight. By Robert J. Flaherty, F.R.G.S. (1922)

Susan Aglukark, Inuit Singer and Songwriter



CBC Nunavut - Canada

KNR (Kalaallit Nunaata Radio) Greenland National Broadcasting Company

NRK Sámi Radio

Aboriginal Voices Radio

American Indian Radio on Satellite
United States


CBC Nunavut - Canada

APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT)

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)
Sovereign Stories

Native Networks - Redes Indígenas


National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Institution
Online Exhibitions

The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library

Digital Himalaya

Agricultural Cycles in the Apa Tani villages

Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative

The LACITO Archive

Linguistic Data Archiving Project


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