The NIHC will provide many and diverse benefits to Nunavut Inuit and to all Nunavummiut. These benefits align with the four pillars of sustainable development: social, economic, environmental, and cultural. 1 The 1987 United Nations’ Bruntland Commission described sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 2 Bruntland included only three pillars: social, economic, and environmental. In 2010, the United Cities and Local Governments added culture as a fourth pilar of sustainability with their Policy Statement “Culture is the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development.” 3 The NIHC will also help to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
1 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Retrieved from: United Nations
2 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. 1987. np. Retrieved from: United Nations
3 Culture: Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development
IHT Director of Planning Catherine C. Cole, discussed the NIHC within the context of an International Council of Museums (ICOM) webinar on “Museums, Sustainable Cities and Communities” in September 2021. While planning towards the NIHC has advanced – for example, we now intend to build as one building, not two – many ideas remain current. Catherine’s talk begins at 35:38.