Heather Igloliorte, President
Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk scholar and independent curator who holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resurgence, and she is the current Lead or Co-Investigator on several funded research projects related to this work. Igloliorte currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Circle for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, working on the development of the new national Inuit Art Centre.
Erica Lugt, Secretary-Treasurer
Erica Lugt is an emerging Inuvialuit artist from Tuktoyatuk, NT, who currently resides in Inuvik, NT. Lugt runs her own line of jewellery under the name “She Was A Free Spirit” out of her studio in Inuvik and is best known for the brick stitch technique she uses in many of her pieces. Through her work as a jewller, Lugt has travelled nationally and participated at the first ever Indigenous Fashion Week in Toronto, ON in 2018. Lugt is also a Financial Analyst with the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Eric Anoee Jr.
Eric Anoee Jr. is actively involved in filmmaking and technology in his home community of Arviat, NU. He co-founded the Arviat Film Society in 2010 and currently manages a community television station. Eric volunteers with the society, creating content for the station and mentoring and training Arviat youth. Anoee has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. He is the son of Martina Anoee and Eric Anoee Sr.
Reneltta is an Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree from the Northwest Territories. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and founder of Akpik Theatre, a professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT. Under Akpik Theatre, Reneltta has written, produced, and performed various works focusing on decolonization and using theatre as a tool for reconciliation. This includes Pawâkan Macbeth, a Plains Cree adaptation of Macbeth written by Arluk on Treaty 6 territory. Reneltta is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to direct at The Stratford Festival. She was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award for her direction of the The Breathing Hole. Reneltta is Director of Indigenous Arts at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Jamie Cameron has been a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto, Ontario for many years and is well known in the legal community. She and her husband, Chris Bredt, are long-time collectors of Inuit and aboriginal art from other communities. Jamie has served on the board of directors for many organizations over the years, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian and BC Civil Liberties Associations, and others. Jamie and Chris have supported the arts over the years, including by donating parts of their collection, and are frequent travellers to Canada’s north. Jamie is the Chair of the Governance Committee.
Patricia Feheley is the Director Feheley Fine Arts, a Toronto art gallery specializing in traditional and contemporary Inuit art. Feheley holds a Masters Degree in Museology and Art History from the University of Toronto. She has an extensive administrative background in the visual arts and has also published widely on the subject of Inuit art. Feheley is the past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, a former board member of the Cultural Human Resources Council. Currently she serves on the Canadian Cultural Properties Export Review Board (CCPERB) and is a member of the Governance Committee.
Michael Massie is a mixed-media artist based out of Kippens, NL, and recognized for his stone and metal sculptures, particularly his silver teapots. Massie’s work has helped to redefine the concept of Inuit art worldwide. Massie was elected as a Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally is in the permanent collection of many prestigious institutions in both Canada and the United States, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON.
Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator and the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts / School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University. His curatorial career spans over 20 years, formerly serving as the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and co-founding the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. He received a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the IAIA. Rice’s writing has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely.