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