Emergency Artist Supports
We’ve compiled this guide to help Inuit artists and arts and culture workers across Canada navigate their work during the current health crisis. The list below is a live document and is being continually updated. Please check back often.
Papiara Tukiki Helping Hands (2012) Lithograph 57 x 76.5 cm Copyright Dorset Fine Arts

This guide is meant to help Inuit artists and arts and culture workers access resources and supports to alleviate the strain COVID-19 is placing on the Inuit art market, including but not limited to: accessing emergency funding grants; public health advisories; information about housing and food resources; and additional income-generating projects.

If you are an Inuit artist or arts worker who has been financially impacted by COVID-19, we strongly recommend you start tracking your income losses due to cancelled exhibitions, reproductions or travel related to your work as an artist or cultural worker. In the coming weeks and months, the IAF team will be working to gather stories about COVID-19’s impact on Inuit artists and cultural workers to share with all levels of government and with organizations across the sector. 

Specific information about how you and your work have been impacted helps us best advocate for you and tailor our programming to make sure we’re supporting you as best we can. Share your story with us at [email protected] or use #IAFCOVIDHelp on social media.

In partnership with Inuit Futures, we've started a De-ICE-Olation workshop series to help you grow your skills and stay connected to your community while we're all at home.

In addition to the resources noted here, the CBC is maintaining a current and comprehensive list of resources that you may also find helpful: Help for Canadian artists and freelancers

See also: COVID-19 And Inuit Nunangat: Research, Responsibility & Infrastructure Inequality from the Yellowhead Institute

In collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance and the Indigenous Screen Office, we are pleased to deliver Community Cares, an emergency response fund for First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals working in the arts and culture sector. Community Cares Funding is now closed

Federal Supports
Provincial Supports


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador/Nunatsiavut

Northwest Territories/Inuvialuit Settlement Region 

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island





Media and Practice Specific Supports



Performing Artists

  • Qaggiavuut Emergency Relief Fund: For Inuit performing artists in Canada and all Nunavut performing artists. To apply, email [email protected] or message Qaggiavuut on Facebook and let them know what gigs and income you have lost, the approximate amount of income lost, and what your basic needs are to get through.

  • National Art Centre Paid Facebook Performances

Content Creators

Actors/Cinema Workers/Filmmakers



Visual Artists


Updated: Friday, November 20, 2020