Pokiak (Agnaviak)

Photo: Myrna Pokiak with her daughters
Credit: Artist
Pokiak (Agnaviak)


curatorial, digital (film), drawing, fabric, organic materials, photography, textile

Artistic Community:

Yellowknife, NT

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.




Myrna Pokiak (Agnaviak) is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and curator from Tuktuyaaqtuuq (Tuktoyaktuk), NT now residing in Yellowknife, NT. Employing a variety of media, she is best known for her photography, drawings and spectacular textiles inspired by blends of traditional Inuvialuit art and design as well as contemporary art. In 2019, Pokiak curated and provided photos and videos for "Qilalukkat! Belugas and Inuvialuit: Our Survival Together", on display at the Canadian Museum of History until September 2021. In 2020, one of her drawings was selected to be featured on a commemorative coin from the Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate 150 years of the Northwest Territories. Pokiak's practice is rooted in her cultural teachings received from her family and community throughout her life and inspired by history, the northern landscape and cultures and her daughters.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Ottawa museum hosts exhibit showing relationship between belugas and Inuvialuit October 25, 2020
Inuvialuk artist designs N.W.T.'s 150th anniversary coin August 16, 2020
Inuvialuk artist designs coin marking NWT’s 150th anniversary August 16, 2020 Ollie Williams


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Name Year Gallery
Qilalukkat! Belugas and Inuvialuit: Our Survival Together October 24, 2019 - September 13, 2021 Canadian Museum of History


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Achievement Year Organization
Royal Canadian Mint Collector Coin 2020 Royal Canadian Mint
Premier Award Winner for the Development of the GNWT Cultural Awareness Training Program 2010 Goverment of the Northwest Territories