The Inuit Art Foundation completed two days of dynamic meetings with artist and arts community representatives in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Hosted at the Makivik Corporation head office, the Foundation Board of Directors had the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of local stakeholders. These meetings represent the final stages of a year long process of consultations, which took place in key locations across Canada. Prior to the Kuujjuaq sessions, the Foundation conducted visits to Baker Lake, Gjoa Haven, Kugluktuk, Inuvik, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg. The final two consultations will take place later this week in Nain and Hopedale, Nunatziavut.
“On behalf of the Inuit Art Foundation, I would like to thank all those from Kuujjuaq and from across Canada who participated in this important consultation process”, says Board President Jimmy Manning, an artist who is resident in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. “For us, this national discussion has reaffirmed the vibrancy of Inuit art, while also giving us a clearer understanding of the needs and challenges within our artist communities.”
Kuujjuaq resident and Foundation Vice President Sammy Kudluk says “The arts community in Nunavik is historically important for Inuit art and is working hard to find its contemporary voice. These meetings help bring Inuit artists together to find common answers to shared problems.”
A process of this scope and scale is unprecedented within the Inuit arts. The Foundation undertook these discussions as a means of learning firsthand, about the current state of Inuit arts communities. These findings will inform the organization’s strategic planning process and form the basis of a public research document. Complementing this initiative is a project, in partnership with Avataq, which endeavours to record the biographies and histories of Nunavik Inuit artists. The Foundation looks forward to sharing this important data with a range of its partners in the realm of government and within both the public and private sectors.