Nunavut has selected the Canadian Inuit Dog (Canis familiaris borealis) to be the official animal of the new territory. Called Qimmiq in Inuktitut, this dog is one of the world's oldest pure breeds and, from archaeological evidence, is known to have been resident in the Arctic for at least 4000 years. This dog has been essential to the survival of the Inuit for generation, being the only draft animal for long-range travel and a willing and capable hunting companion.

Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI)


The Inuit Sled Dog International has for its goal the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The efforts of the ISDI are concentrated on restoring the Inuit dog to its native habitat.

The Fan Hitch


Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International, is published four times a year. It is available at no cost online.

Ivakkak - The Return of The Inuit Dogs


The pure-bred Husky dog was nearly extinct in Nunavik. Nowadays, the people mostly travel by snowmobile. Yet, the memories of another time when dogs were man’s most reliable partners are not so far behind. In a desire to bring back the dogs to Nunavik, Makivik, a corporation representing the Inuit of Nunavik, organized Nunavik’s own dog team race, one that would pass through various communities. With the support of other northern organizations, in 2001, Ivakkak was born.

Sled Dog Central - The Inuit Sled Dog


A special thank you to Mark and Sue Hamilton, and Genevieve Montcombroux for sharing their photos and information on Inuit Sled Dogs.

National Film Board of Canada - Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories


The Inuit have a long and vibrant tradition of passing tales and legends down from one generation to the next using visual arts and storytelling. For the past 70 years, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has been documenting life in the Arctic through the production of films by, and about, the Inuit. The NFB’s collection of more than 100 documentaries and animated films represents a unique audiovisual account of the life of the Inuit—an account that should be shared with, and celebrated by, all Canadians.