Editorial Policies

Editorial Independence

The Inuit Art Quarterly is published by the Inuit Art Foundation, a registered charitable organization in Canada (BN #121033724RR0001) and the United States (#980140282).

Established in 1987, the Inuit Art Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides support to Canada’s Inuit arts communities and is the sole national body mandated to promote Inuit artists and art within Canada and internationally. The Inuit Art Foundation is led by Inuit, who have filled the majority of positions on the Board since 1994.


Funding for the Inuit Art Quarterly comes from a variety of sources including reader subscriptions, donations, advertising and government grants. Funding organizations and advertisers do not have any direct influence over editorial content.


As the only magazine dedicated to Inuit art, the IAQ serves as the publication of record for Inuit artists and is the primary way for the public at large, as well as artists, to have access to the innovative and evolving artistic practices of Inuit within Canada. As such, the IAQ strives to uphold the highest editorial standards.


The IAQ works to publish a wide variety of voices and perspectives and to share with readers the breadth of Inuit creative practice. While the IAQ seeks to commission writing by a wide variety of contributors, Indigenous writers constitute the majority of every issue/platform of the IAQ.

The IAQ seeks to create a safe and supportive environment and respects creative agency. All writers and artists approve the use of their words and artwork prior to publication in the IAQ.

Finally, in recognition of the significant platform the IAQ provides to writers and artists alike, the IAQ does not publish articles or artwork created by individuals who have intentionally inflicted physical, psychological or emotional harm on others where documentation is accessible within the public record.

Contributors are contractually obligated to disclose practices that may deviate from the Ethics Policy of the IAQ to the editorial team prior to their work being published.

Conflict of Interest

IAF staff are expected to adhere to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity and are responsible for declaring any potential or actual conflict of interest including but are not limited to: Being offered materials or services as a result of employment or position at the IAQ; making use of a position at the IAQ to solicit materials or services for personal gain; and acquiring art that will be published by the IAQ.

IAQ agreements with freelance contributors outline their responsibilities to avoid conflicts of interest, real or apparent.

The IAF’s Board of Directors is responsible for making a final decision on any potential or actual conflicts of interest.

Harm Reduction

The IAQ acknowledges that its platforms are powerful tools that support artists’ careers, and that it must use that power responsibly. In order to reduce potential unintended harm, the IAQ does not publish articles, biographies or other content on artists who have been convicted of violent or abusive offenses. Community members are encouraged to contact the IAQ’s editorial team if they believe the IAQ has unknowingly published content about an artist that violates this policy so that the situation may be rectified by removing published content once the offence has been reported and verified.

Fact Checking

All content that appears in the IAQ is fact checked. The IAQ’s fact checking process covers broad claims as well as small details including dates, materials and the spelling of names. All fact checking records are filed and stored upon publication.

Our agreements with freelance contributors outline our shared responsibilities to the accuracy and truthfulness of published work.



As soon as the IAQ is made aware of an error, fact-checkers will review the statement in question. Any needed corrections will be noted online at the bottom of the article, and if the error originally appeared in print, in the next print issue. The correction will reference the original error and supply the corrected information and the date of correction.

If you notice an error in an article published by the IAQ, please send us a message at [email protected] with the subject line “Correction”.


Editorial Style

The Inuit Art Quarterly maintains an internal style guide that is regularly updated and reviewed. The IAQ privileges Inuit place names, naming practices and Inuktut and works with writers, translators and the IAQ’s Editorial Advisory to determine best practices.

Author Name Changes After Publication

The IAQ recognizes that name changes are sensitive and private, and may result from reasons including but not limited to cultural reclamation, alignment with gender identity, marriage, divorce or religious conversion. In cases where an author changes their name following publication, the IAQ will update their name online and in any subsequent reprints, as well as update metadata to indexing services. The IAQ will not publish a correction notice. Authors and artists should contact the IAQ editorial team with their name change request.

Content Warnings

The IAQ acknowledges that information published across platforms may be triggering or include challenging and unexpected content. To ensure its audiences have appropriate expectations of the content and an opportunity to make an informed decision about what they read, the IAQ must clearly label potentially triggering content, which may include but is not limited to topics of abuse, cruelty, racism, homophobia, self-harm and violence.


Images for articles published by the IAQ are selected by the editorial team in collaboration with the writer, where possible. Final layout of images and text is at the discretion of the editorial team.

No-byline Policy

The IAQ’s editorial staff is responsible for all editorial content and collectively responsible for producing news stories. The names of authors are generally disclosed on all pieces of writing for the IAQ, since they represent dedicated time and analysis by its writer(s). In the rare instance that a story is written collaboratively, no by-line will appear to reflect the story’s collective authorship.


One feature in each print issue of the IAQ is translated. Copy is translated in either syllabics or roman orthography, depending on the writer's preferred dialect and with consideration to space.

Translation into English as well as dialect and spelling of Inuktut words appearing in English language stories are discussed and confirmed with the writer and/or translator.



The Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) is committed to managing visitor and customer personal information responsibly and transparently.

The IAF occasionally makes its subscriber list available to carefully screened organizations whose services or products are likely to be of interest to our readers. These are primarily other magazines, registered charities and non-profit organizations. If you would prefer for us NOT to share your information, simply inform us (see “Contact us” below).

Click here to view the IAF’s privacy policy in full.

Contact Us

If you have a question or concern about any collection, use or disclosure of personal information by the IAF, or would like to request access to your own personal information, please contact:

Privacy Officer
[email protected]
1655 Dupont Street
Toronto, ON M6P 3T1
(647) 498-7717




Acceptance of any advertisement in IAQ is at the sole discretion of the publisher. All copy and graphics are subject to the publisher’s approval.

The IAF’s full terms of service for advertising can be found in the IAQ’s media kit.

Sponsored Content

All paid editorial content produced by the IAQ and published on its platforms will be clearly marked as “Sponsored”.