The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation organized a stakeholder consultation meeting called the All Arts Summit with representatives from many artistic disciplines across the territory, as well as other stakeholders. The meeting was held in preparation for the review of Sanaugait, A Strategy for Growth in Nunavut’s Arts and Crafts.
The Summit covered many wide ranging issues including the state of various artistic disciplines in Nunavut and elsewhere in the North, funding opportunities available for artists and artistic organizations, copyright, succession planning, cultural appropriation and marketing and distribution. The Inuit Art Foundation’s Executive Director, Alysa Procida, was invited to participate and discuss the Foundation’s role in supporting artists across Inuit Nunangat and spoke with Beatrice Deer from the Avataq Cultural Institute, Laurel Parry from the Cultural Services Branch of the Government of Yukon and Winnie Cadieux from the NWT Arts Council.
The Honourable Minster Mélanie Joly joined the Summit with representatives from the Department of Canadian Heritage to participate in discussions about the future of the arts in Nunavut as well as conduct a consultation meeting on their forthcoming digital strategy. This was a particularly welcome opportunity to discuss the need for more robust internet connectivity throughout the North and the opportunities for digital connection between communities.
The Summit showcased the enormous and evolving talents of artists in visual arts, performing arts, film and music and provided an opportunity to discuss some of the shared challenges many artists and organizations face, such as limited funding opportunities and the need for capacity building. The IAF will continue to work to support the growth of the arts sector across the North, and the discussions at the All Art Summit will be very useful in achieving that goal in the future.