The holiday was established by the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 2006. The Inuit Circumpolar Council is an international organization representing the interests of the Eskimo peoples who live in Chukotka, in the northCanada, in Greenland (Denmark), on Alaska (USA). There are more than 180,000 Inuit living in the world. 

The establishment of the International Inuit Day on November 7 is a tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the ancient people. At the 2006 ICC (Circumpolar Inuit Council) General Assembly in Barrow, Alaska, November 7 was declared Inuit Day in honor of the birthday of the American politician of Alaska, belonging to the Inupiat nation, Eben Hopson Sr. He was a member of the Alaska Territorial Legislature from 1957 to 1959, and after Alaska gained state status in 1959, he was a member of the Alaska Senate until 1967. He was also the first mayor of Barrow, the founder of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. The E. Hopson Prize was awarded to Tatiana Yuryevna Achirgina (journalist, poet, ex-chairman of the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Chukotka Inuit Eskimos ROO). In 2001, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Chukotka. About two thousand representatives of the indigenous people - Eskimos - live in Chukotka. 

The Association of Indigenous Peoples of Chukotka congratulates the Inuit Circumpolar Council and all Eskimos on the International Inuit Day! The Arctic people who gave the world kayaks, leather boats, snowmobiles, parks, sunglasses, etc. Desperate daredevils, hunters and conquerors of the northern seas. The authors of the famous beautiful dances. Let the culture, experience and skills of your ancestors be passed from generation to generation. 

Photo: William Dinwiddie

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