Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic

Sheojuk Etidlooie, Mitiq (Eider Duck), 1997. Lithograph on paper. 76 x 57 cm. Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection. On long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 998.4.27. Photo: Ernest Mayer

OCTOBER 1, 2016-MARCH 26, 2017

The vast eastern area of the Canadian Arctic has been home to Inuit since ancient times. In 1999, Canada redrew its map for the first time in 50 years to create the new territory of Nunavut. The region encompasses most of the Canadian Arctic, reaching from Hudson Bay to the North Pole. With landscapes that range from stark vistas to mountains and fiords, it is a territory of extraordinary variety and beauty.

After the establishment of Nunavut, the collections of art, archives, and artifacts from the Northwest Territories (NWT) were assessed, and ownership of the material from the eastern Arctic was transferred to the new territory of Nunavut. Much of the collection continued to be stored in the NWT at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. In February 2016, the WAG concluded a loan agreement with the Government of Nunavut (GN) that put in motion the transfer of approximately 7,500 works from the Heritage Centre and other locations to the WAG.

Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic is the result of a collaboration between the GN and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The title, “Our Land,” is the translation of the Inuktitut word "Nunavut". Called "stunning" by The Boston Globe, the exhibit was displayed at the Peabody Essex in 2004-2005 to honour the 1999 creation of Nunavut. This special presentation is expanded by the WAG to include an even wider selection of sculptures, prints, artifacts, photographs, films, and textiles.

ᐊᖏᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᕐᑐᖓ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᔭᐅᔪᑐᖃᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ. 1999-ᒥ,
ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᓄᓇᓐᖑᐊᖁᑎᖓᒍᑦ ᓄᑖᒥᒃ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᕐᓯᒪᓂᐊᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑮᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᒃ, ᑐᑭᖃᕐᑐᖅ “ᓄᓇᕗᑦ” ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ. ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᓄᐊᑕᐅᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᕐᑐᑦ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᕐᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᑐᖃᕕᓃᓪᓗ ᓄᓇᑦᑎᐊᒥᑦ (NWT) ᓅᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ (GN). ᑕᒪᕐᒥᐸᓗᒃ ᓄᐊᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᕐᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᑦᑎᐊᒥ ᑭᓐᖓᐃᓚᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᖃᕐᕕᖓᑦ ᔭᓗᓇᐃᕝᒥ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᖏᑦᑐᓪᓗ ᐊᒡᓚᕝᕕᖕᓂ ᓯᕐᓗᐊᖃᕐᕕᖕᓂᓗ.

ᕕᕗᐊᕆ 2016-ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ, WAG ᐊᔾᔨᐅᖏᑦᑐᑎᒍᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᖃᓕᕐᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓂᑑᐸ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓇᔪᕐᕕᖃᓕᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᒐᖁᑎᖏᑦ 7,300 ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᕐᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᒐᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥᒃ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᑦ-ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᖃᕐᑐᒥᒃ. ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᓂᖓ ᐱᒃᑯᒥᓇᕐᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᖅᑳᕈᓐᓇᕈᑎᐅᕗᖅ ᑭᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ, ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᓯᒪᔪᒧᑦ. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ: ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᒐᑦᑎᐊᕐᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ WAG-ᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᑎᑦᑎᔾᔪᑎᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᐊᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᖃᓯᐅᔾᔭᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ 2004-ᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐲᐹᑎ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ ᓴᐃᓚᒻ, ᒫᓴᓱᓴᑦᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᒍᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ.

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᖓᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᐊᕐᐳᖅ, ᓴᓇᑐᔪᓐᓇᕐᓯᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᑦᑎᐊᕐᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᓄᓇᖃᕐᑎᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᑦ. ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖓᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᖑᔪᓐᓇᕐᓗᓂ, ᐃᓐᖏᐅᓯᐊᖑᓗᓂ, ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᕐᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᕐᑐᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᕐᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ−ᑕᒪᕐᒥᓕᒫᖅ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᔾᔪᑎᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓯᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᐅᓕᕐᑐᒥ ᓇᓴᓐᖑᐊᕐᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᑕᕝᕙᓂ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᕐᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᕐᑎᓂᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ 1950 ᐱᒋᐊᓕᓵᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ−ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᕐᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓴᓇᕝᕕᐊᓗᖃᕐᑐᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒧᐊᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᕐᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᔪᕆᖅᓱᐃᔩᑦ, ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑲᐅᑏᑦ, ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᒃᓴᓪᓗ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔩᑦ. ᐱᖓᓲᓕᖅᑲᖓᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑎᖃᓕᕐᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ: ᐃᓅᓂᖅ, ᐃᓚᒌᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᒃ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐊᖏᓪᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᓕᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᒃᑲᓐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓴᓇᓐᖑᐊᒐᓂᒃ, ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᐊᓐᓄᕌᑦ, ᐱᑐᖃᕕᓃᑦ, ᐊᔾᔨᓐᖑᐊᑦ, ᐊᐅᓚᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓐᖑᐊᓕᐊᕆᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᓪᓗ.


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Fanny Algaalaga Avatituq (Baker Lake), Untitled, c. 1980. Wool, embroidery thread on wool duffle. 84 x 70 cm. On loan from the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection, 2.78.19. Photo: Ernest Mayer

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Past Programs & Events

  • Opening: Our Land

    Join us for the opening of Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic, the largest feature exhibition of the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collections to date.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm

  • Nuit Blanche 2016@WAG

    Unleash your inner night owl and head to the WAG for an epic Nuit Blanche celebration of contemporary art, music, dance, film, and more!

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 6pm to 4am

  • Gallery Ball 2016

    Dine on an exquisite four-course meal in the splendour of the permanent collection galleries.

    Saturday October 15, 2016

  • FREE Admission Day @ WAG

    Join us for a fun, relaxed, Sunday afternoon of art making activities and a FREE visit to the Gallery.

    Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 11am to 5pm

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