asinnajaq is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer currently based in Montreal, QC. Since childhood, asinnajaq has been immersed in storytelling and the sharing of her cultural heritage [1]. In grade school, alongside her mother, she led a workshop on Inuit culture at the McCord Museum in Montreal [2]. Inspired by her father, celebrated filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk, asinnajaq began filmmaking and attended NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was able to draw from her previous knowledge of film and push her theoretical and conceptual understanding of the medium [3].

Recently, asinnajaq completed the short film Three Thousand (2017), which was put together from thousands of hours of historical footage from the National Film Board of Canada's archive. On working with the archive, asinnajaq has said:

“Our understanding of the past is always evolving, and the representation of Indigenous Peoples has changed dramatically over the decades. You get these government-sponsored films from the '50s, subtly or not so subtly racist, that promote residential schooling. And then you’ll find recent footage by Inuit filmmakers that presents a completely different perspective. It’s a fantastic resource for an artist” [4].

For Three Thousand (2017), asinnajaq selected particular images or sequences of film and worked with animator Patrick Defasten to create original animations and, ultimately, produce a work that reframes the past and creates a vision for the future [5]. The film was displayed as part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's exhibition Insurgence/Resurgence.

asinnajaq was a part of the curatorial team for the Canadian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale and was announced as a Sobey Art Award Longlist nominee in April 2020. 



January 2018: Three Thousand (2017) is nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

May 2017: Named a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award laureate.

October 10, 2016: Led workshop with Kat Baulu and Echo Henoche through the katingavik inuit arts festival.

October 2016: Participated in Inuit Studies Conference at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

November 2015: Led a workshop at To Light the Fire symposium at the Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Arts Symposium.

Artist Work

About asinnajaq


Curatorial, Digital Media, Film, Graphic Arts, Installation, Painting, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Inukjuak, QC

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


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April 30, 2019 Edited by: Inuit Art Foundation
September 12, 2017 Created by: Maddy Tripp