The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in the Northwest Territories of Canada currently houses 150,000 Inuit artifacts that should be in Nunavut.

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The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in the Northwest Territories of Canada currently houses 150,000 Inuit artifacts that should be in Nunavut.

Inuit Artifacts Can’t Come Home to Nunavut

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in the Northwest Territories of Canada has been housing 150,000 Inuit artifacts from Nunavut for the last 10 years, reports CBC News.

This isn’t because the centre wants to hold them. In 1999, when Nunavut was founded, an agreement was reached that the Northwest Territories and Nunavut would split the collection.

The problem is that Nunavut still lacks a climate controlled facility to store the priceless artifacts.

Barb Cameron, Prince of Wales director, told CBC News that the centre is eager to hand the items over once a center is built.

The Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage says it wants to build a heritage facility, but is not sure when that can happen.

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