Terms of Use and Website Policies

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Terms of Use and Website Policies

Last Revised: 01/09/2015

Katiqsugat: Inuit Early Learning Resources is a digital collection maintained by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national Inuit organization in Canada. These Terms of Use and Website Policies (Terms) describe your rights and responsibilities as a user of Katiqsugat. By using Katiqsugat, you are agreeing to comply with these Terms.


The Terms apply to anyone who accesses and/or uses Katiqsugat. The Terms also apply to anyone who contributes material to and/or uses material from Katiqsugat. If an individual uses Katiqsugat on behalf of a business, that business accepts the Terms.


This is an online space primarily for Inuit.

We always welcome contributions to Katiqsugat but especially encourage submissions of material from Inuit parents, child care educators, and child care centre managers.

We expect those who submit material to Katiqsugat to be familiar with efforts to develop curriculum and programming based on Inuit language, values, ways of knowing, and teaching methods. If this does not describe you but you are here to learn more about the need for ongoing transformation in Inuit education, a good starting point is the National Strategy on Inuit Education published by the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education.

Our list of values, while not exhaustive, is designed to communicate our expectations of site visitors, and articulate our vision of a healthy, Inuit-specific online community:

  • Open – we invite everyone to participate in our online community and we welcome contributions from all (as long as they relevant to the aims of Katiqsugat and align with our other values).
  • Respect – we believe everyone should be treated with dignity and are dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment.
  • Affirming of Inuit perspectives – we value Inuit knowledge, culture, and language.
  • Community wellness – we work to foster healthy communities, both online and offline, by honouring Inuit self-determination and promoting awareness of existing institutional and systematic barriers to high-quality Inuit-specific education.

Review of submitted material

In addition to complying with copyright legislation, all materials submitted must follow the principles outlined in our Values listed above.

All materials submitted to Katiqsugat will be evaluated against a set of criteria and/or subject to a review by a committee, composed of ITK staff and members of our partner organizations who have the mandate to evaluate submissions for inclusion in Katiqsugat (“Committee”). This process is in place to ensure that accepted items reflect Inuit values and relate to early childhood education and development. We reserve the right to refuse to post any materials that we deem to be unacceptable or otherwise in violation of our values. Potential contributors will be informed if their material is not accepted into Katiqsugat, and, where possible, provided with reasons for this decision. However, ITK reserves the right not to provide a reason for our decision to not include the material in Katiqsugat.

Respect for Traditional Knowledge and repatriation of material

ITK recognizes and celebrates the rights of Indigenous Peoples to maintain, control, protect and develop their intellectual property over their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions as outlined in Article 31 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. ITK actively works to ensure Inuit have control over their local and traditional knowledge and to ensure that non-Inuit individuals are aware of issues of rights and consent relating to the use of Inuit traditional knowledge.

When submitting items to Katiqsugat, contributors are required to indicate when items contain representations of traditional knowledge or other culturally sensitive material, and provide evidence that they have authority or have received approval to submit the item to Katiqsugat. Mindful of the challenges of providing evidence of traditional knowledge ownership, custodianship, or stewardship—as well as the legacy of colonization and impacts of modernization contributing to dispersed communities and cultural heritage disruption—ITK invites discussion on the proper display and use of content and materials, as well as requests for removal and repatriation of items. Please see the section on reporting for more information.

Language Policy

Inuit early childhood development includes Inuit language, culture, and traditional ways. ITK recognizes that Inuit language is a foundation for Inuit identity and strives to include and respect Inuit knowledge, culture, and language in its work.

In Inuit Nunangat, there are 10 main dialects of the Inuit language family spoken, each with its own sub-dialect(s).

Within the limits of its resources, ITK provides support for Website content and collection items in the following:

  • South Baffin Inuktitut (syllabics)
  • South Baffin Inuktitut (Roman orthographic script)
  • English

Contributors to Katiqsugat are encouraged to submit items in any Inuit language/dialect, however only items in the above three languages supported by ITK will receive descriptions and be fully catalogued and indexed in the collection (with the exception of tags which can only be supported in English at this time).

Item page information (including descriptions of items and other details about items) will reflect the language of a given item.

ITK will not translate or transliterate item page information into other languages, except in cases when an item is available in multiple languages. ITK will complete this work, as well as any other translations or transliterations required for the Website, as timely as possible.

Multilingual items (meaning items written or recorded in multiple languages) will be described and catalogued in all of their languages as long as they are languages supported by ITK.


We encourage you to think of Katiqsugat as a library. As with a physical library, you are required to use its materials, technology, and infrastructure lawfully, and with respect and care to ensure items continue to be accessible and usable for as many people as possible.

Submission of Material to Katiqsugat

For information on the rules relating to the submission of material to Katiqsugat, please refer to the Agreement to Contribute to Katiqsugat: Inuit Early Learning Resources.

Permissible uses of Katiqsugat materials

Unless the copyright holder of Katiqsugat material otherwise requests, the material can be used in the following ways and for non-commercial purposes:

  • The general public and individual users can download the item.
  • The general public and individual users can make copies of the item. This includes copying the item in different formats, for example, printing off a physical copy.
  • The general public and individual users can share copies of the item with others.
  • The general public and individual users can adapt the item for another Inuit-specific, early learning context. This includes activities like making a video or audio version of a print resource or adapting a Nunavik-related resource for an urban Ottawa setting.
  • The general public and individual users can translate the item into other languages

Details regarding how a copyright holder for a particular item has consented to their item being used can be found on each item page under the field “Copyright information” (Copyright information | ᐃᔾᔪᐊᖅᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᖖᒋᓐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᖁᑏᑦ | Ijjuaqtaujariaqannginninganut tusagaksaqutiit).

When using or re-using material in Katiqsugat:

  • You must attribute, acknowledge, and credit the author(s) and/or copyright holder(s) unless they have explicitly stated that they would like to waive this right. In cases when items contain representations of traditional knowledge, you may also need to attribute, acknowledge, and credit a specific community or communities.
  • You must contact all copyright holders when unsure if you have permission to use an item or its content in a particular way.
  • You must ensure your use does not undermine the integrity and intention of the item, its content, or the author(s) of the content.
  • You must not misrepresent your use of an item as being officially endorsed by the author(s) and/or publisher or as having been made in affiliation with the author(s) and/or publisher.

Permissible uses of the Katiqsugat Website

When using the Katiqsugat Website:

  • You must do so for lawful purposes only.
  • You must not act in a way or submit content that is abusive, threatening, libellous, bigoted, harassing, or defamatory.

When citing Katiqsugat, please attribute and credit ITK as the owner and copyright holder of any Website content that is not a collection item (for example, About page text).


If you would like to report a violation of the Terms in confidence and/or believe an incident requires removal of items from Katiqsugat, please e-mail katiqsugat@itk.ca. We will acknowledge receipt of the report as promptly as we can; we will then evaluate the issue and decide the most appropriate response.

We also recognize that there are times when someone may be unaware of some of the Terms and unsure of what constitutes copyright infringement or other inappropriate behaviour. When that happens, we encourage you to remind them or refer them to this page. Should there be difficulties in dealing with the situation, you can also report the issue in confidence to katiqsugat@itk.ca.


ITK is not liable for improper use of material in Katiqsugat by Katiqsugat users or third parties. ITK is not liable for inaccurate information contained in Katiqsugat. ITK is not responsible for lost profits, revenues, or data; financial losses or indirect, special, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages arising from submission to or use of Katiqsugat.

Users of Katiqsugat will hold harmless and indemnify ITK and its affiliates, officers, agents and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to the use of Katiqsugat or violation of these Terms by you and/or another user or contributor.


ITK respects your privacy and personal information. When contributing an item you are asked to provide personal information including your name and e-mail address. Unless you request to remain anonymous, your first and last name, as described in the submission form, will be listed in Katiqsugat. ITK will not disclose other personal information to the general public. ITK does not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under the age of 18.

Personal information may be shared with the members of the Committee. These members may use this information for the sole purpose of reviewing the material you submit to us for consideration.

ITK may use software to gather web traffic statistics about Katiqsugat; but, no personal information will be gathered. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted the Website, the date and time of the visit, the pages visited and the search terms used. ITK will not attempt to link these IP addresses to individuals accessing Katiqsugat.


ITK may, from time to time, amend the Terms, for example, to reflect changes to the laws of the province of Ontario and the country of Canada. ITK will amend the Terms by posting amendments and updating the date of last revision of the Terms. Upon posting amendments, the updated Terms are immediately effective. Use of Katiqsugat and items in the collection constitutes acceptance of the amendments and the entire Terms.


These Terms are governed by the laws of the province of Ontario, and where relevant, the laws of the country of Canada.


We also welcome your feedback and questions. Please contact us.