Harvesting and handicraft activities among Inuit: Findings from the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey

Release date: November 26, 2018
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Harvesting and handicraft activities among Inuit: Findings from the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey

Many harvesting and handicraft activities contribute to economic well-being but can be difficult to measure. These include hunting, fishing and trapping, gathering wild plants, making clothing or footwear, and creating artwork like carvings or jewellery. The prevalence of these activities in the past year was assessed in the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS).

A larger share of Inuit Nunangat compared with those outside Inuit Nunangat had participated in these activities (84% versus 62%).

Percentage of participation in harvesting and handicraft activities, by location
Activity Percent within Inuit Nunangat Percent outside Inuit Nunangat
Hunting, fishing or trapping 65% 37%
Gathering wild plants 37% 47%
Making clothing or footwear 34% 12%
Making carvings, drawings, jewelry, or other kinds of art 17% 22%

About one in six (16%) Inuit aged 15 or older did these activities for income.

Percentage of participation in harvesting and handicraft activities for income
Activity Percent
Hunting, fishing or trapping 6%
Gathering wild plants 2%
Making clothing or footwear 6%
Creative carvings, drawings, jewelry, or other kinds of art 6%

Participating in these activities varied by men and women.

Percentage of participation in harvesting and handicraft activities, by gender
Activity Percent of Inuit Men Percent of Inuit Women
Hunting, fishing or trapping 66% 47%
Gathering wild plants 33% 49%
Making clothing or footwear 4% 47%
Making carvings, drawings, jewelry, or other kinds of art 18% 19%

Source: Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 2017

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