Before the development of the larger, permanent communities, the values, traditions, skills and knowledge which define our culture were expressed in a setting that was very different from today. Our elders still speak at length about those times when we lived in small, seasonal communities.

Although the location of the community would change according to the seasons, our life was not nomadic, as we tended to use the same places, at the same time, year after year. In this way, we were able to successfully exploit the seasonal resources and to establish a family hunting territory. This organization of territory implied neither ownership nor exclusive use of hunting areas but was essential for identifying group territory and establishing localized social systems and patterns of land use. The principle of sharing was central, and there was cooperation between villages.
Inuit Tapirisat of Canada

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