Archives

The Inuit Art Foundation is the keeper of a rich and deep archive of Inuit creative production. For over thirty years, the IAF has collected slides, photographs, interviews and artist files that record many unique aspects of modern Inuit art history.

In 2019, the IAF received a grant from the National Heritage Digitization Strategy to digitize over 19,000 35mm slides that were formerly in the collection of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND; now Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada [CIRNAC]). The digitized slides, which depict a wide variety of artwork, are presented below in a series of Finding Aids organized by community. The Inuit Art Foundation is not the owner of the objects depicted in the slides, and the collections where the works are currently held remains a rich area of future study.

The Finding Aids are intended to provide public access and include records that are partially processed. The information included herein is based off of original documentation from DIAND and though efforts have been made to ensure its accuracy, we acknowledge that some information may be incomplete. Please contact the Inuit Art Foundation to verify the information. Records from the Inuit Art Foundation’s archival holdings may not be published, exhibited or broadcast without the written permission of, and proper credit to, the Inuit Art Foundation.

Finding Aids

Inuvialuit Settlement Region

AKLAVIK
PAULATUK
ULUKHAKTOK
(HOLMAN ISLAND)

Nunatsiavut

HAPPY VALLEY – GOOSE BAY
HOPEDALE
MAKKOVIK
NAIN
NORTH WEST RIVER
POSTVILLE
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Nunavik

AKULIVIK
INUKJUAK
IVUJIVIK
KANGIQSUALUJJUAQ
KANGIRSUK
KUUJJUAQ
KUUJJUARAAPIK
PUVIRNITUQ
(POVUNGNITUK)
NUNAVIK
(ARCTIC QUEBEC)
EAST COAST HUDSON BAY

Nunavut

ARVIAT
IGLULIGAARJUK
(CHESTERFIELD INLET)
IGLULIK
(IGLOOLIK)
IKPIARJUK
(ARCTIC BAY)
IQALUIT
IQALUKTUUTTIAQ
(CAMBRIDGE BAY)
KANGIQLINIQ
(RANKIN INLET)
KANGIQTUGAAPIK
(CLYDE RIVER)
KIMMIRUT
(LAKE HARBOUR)
KINGUAN
(BATHURST INLET)
KINNGAIT
(CAPE DORSET)
KUGAARUK
(PELLY BAY)
KUGLUKTUK
(COPPERMINE)
MITTIMATALIK
(POND INLET)
PANNIQTUUQ
(PANGNIRTUNG)
QAMANI’TUAQ
(BAKER LAKE)
QIKIQTARJUAQ
(BROUGHTON ISLAND)
SALLIQ
(CORAL HARBOUR)
SANIRAJAK
(HALL BEACH)
TALURJUAQ
(TALOYOAK/SPENCE BAY)
UQSUQTUUQ
(GJOA HAVEN)
CENTRAL ARCTIC
KIVALLIQ
(KEEWATIN)
NUNAVUT
QIKIQTAALUK
(BAFFIN ISLAND)

Other

ALASKA
KALAALLIT
(GREENLAND)
KUUGJUAQ
(CHURCHILL)
NORTHWEST COAST
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
TORONTO
UNKNOWN COMMUNITY

Acknowledgements

This project was realized as part of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy of Canada thanks to the generous support of a private donor.

Ce projet a été réalisé dans le cadre de La Stratégie de numérisation du patrimoine documentaire du Canada grâce à un don généreux d’un donateur privé.

We also acknowledge the valuable work of Joanna McMann, Kasey Ball, Ashley Cook, Aaron Cain, Magdalen Lau and Serena Ypelaar who digitized and processed archival material as part of this project. We also thank Jessica Kotierk, who is an advisor on the Inuit Art Foundation Archives and digitization projects.