Joanasie Salomonie


Joanasie Salomonie was a pioneering figure in Inuit film and television, working with the Iqaluit-based Nunatsiakmiut film society until it merged with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation in 1982.

He was an actor, known for playing the starring role in the local production Nanook Taxi which was directed by Ed Folger and his starring role in Phillip Kaufman’s The White Dawn which was filmed in Iqaluit. In his later years, he was a frequent guest on the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation’s Kippinguijautit program, where he delighted audiences with his stories and practical jokes.

Salomonie also worked for several years as Baffin’s regional alcohol and drug counsellor, using his own recovery as an example for others to follow. He is remembered as a trailblazing actor, activist, artist and community member. 

About Joanasie Salomonie


Film, Graphic Arts, Painting, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

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Glory & Honor, 1998