WAG-Qaumajuq Museum in Winnipeg, Canada to Co-Host 22nd Inuit Studies Conference – Eye on the Arctic


Qaumajuq, the Inuit art center of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. (Lindsay Reid / Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) -Qaumajuq will co-host Auviqsaqtut: The 22nd Inuit Studies Conference, with the University of Manitoba in April.

“The University of Winnipeg and the Aabijijiwan New Media Lab are delighted to co-host this conference with WAG-Qaumajuq, as our work centers on the importance of creating a space for intergenerational knowledge sharing and collaboration between and among indigenous peoples. Julie Nagam, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media and co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, said in a statement.

The theme for this year is auviqsaqtut, Inuktitut for ‘cut blocks to make an iglu / work together to build an iglu.

The organizers say they are particularly interested in proposals and creative projects for the conference that echo the idea of auviqsaqtut, including intergenerational knowledge sharing, collaboration and building together.

Proposals can include anything from articles to cultural performances or other creative projects, and the organizers are calling on everyone from seniors to academics, policy makers, artists and students to submit proposals.

Film, centenary expedition

The conference coincides with the centenary of Greenano-Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen’s fifth Thule expedition from 1921 to 1924 which crossed the North American Arctic, the centenary of the 1922 film North Nanook, filmed in the Quebec Arctic, in addition to taking place during the last weekend of INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit advancing together), (WAG) -Qaumajuq inaugural exhibition.

The return of this in-person conference provides an important opportunity for conference attendees to explore Qaumajuq at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, visit its inaugural INUA exhibition, and participate in the closing celebrations this weekend. Heather Igloliorte, Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Circumpolar Arts and co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, said.

Auviqsaqtut: The 22nd Inuit Studies Conference takes place April 6-9.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn (at) cbc.ca

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