I found this in the Nunavut News North, Monday Dec 3, 2012, p.12 as an “Opinion Piece” in a column called “In My View”, written by Harry Maksagak of Cambridge Bay.
As I read it, I couldn’t help but think about how much the Inuit have to teach the Bahá’ís; and the world.
Bahá’ís all over the world are trying to implement Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings and sometimes it’s hard to know how to translate them into action. The Inuit know how and could teach all of us!
The Government of Nunavut is trying to keep the Inuit values in the forefront of its operations. These values go back to the historical beginnings and reflect how we should be today.
They are simple but straightforward:
Concepts of serving: this is central to the Inuit style of leadership as is the measure of maturity and wisdom of an Inuk. The key here is the understanding that each person has a contribution to make and is a valued contributor to his/her community.
Consensus decision-making: this concept relies on strong communication skills and a strong belief in shared goals; being able to think and act collaboratively, to assist with the development of shared understandings.
Skills and knowledge acquisition: capacity building is important to the success of Inuit in a harsh environment. Demonstrating empowerment leads to a successful and productive life.
Working together for a common cause: I like to look at this as Inuit having full autonomy both in municipal and territorial governments. Too often we get southerners moving up North because a friend or relative sends word that it is a piece of cake to get into municipal and territorial politics, or into employment because the community members can’t handle it, well you know what I meant.
Respecting others, relationships and caring for people: This concept shows how we put ourselves aside and be concerned with others or just letting people know that we care and are willing to help as much as we can.
These are just a few thoughts I thought I’d leave you with as we approach the Christmas season and for us to practice our humanity.