Nunavut Shines through Qaumajuq
Read this blog in Inuktitut below.
The first reason is that an incredible collection over 60 years in the making is right here in Winnipeg. The WAG is home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. The Gallery began collecting Inuit art in the 1950s and today holds close to 14,000 pieces by more than 2,000 artists, reflecting decades of collaboration with Inuit artists and stakeholders. The WAG Inuit art collection is enriched by a temporary loan of another 7,400 artworks from the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection.
The second reason is the amazing light Qaumajuq shines on our friends in the North, here in the heart of Canada. This landmark centre increases access to the art like never before and provides a global platform for the artists and their stories. Bridging North and South, Qaumajuq will also be a cornerstone for education among emerging Inuit arts and heritage professionals: a place for mentorship, learning, and intercultural dialogue.
“I am extremely proud and happy for the Inuit artists whose artworks are now on display. I celebrate with them, and I am proud that many Inuit were involved in this preparation of Qaumajuq. The name of the building and the different rooms in Qaumajuq all have Indigenous language names selected by the Language Keepers. This really was a change in the old paradigm, ending the colonial system style as the Indigenous way took place.”
– Theresie Tungilik, WAG Board and Indigenous Advisory Circle member
Nunavut and Manitoba share many regional and cultural ties. The two regions geographically share a border and an interest in welcoming visitors from all around the globe to experience their unique heritage. That’s why Destination Nunavut partnered with the WAG on the opening of Qaumajuq, a place to strengthen our relationships as a country, and to deepen the world’s understanding of Canada.
The Spirit of the Arctic is lit in Winnipeg in the form of Qaumajuq. The building evokes the frost-molded landscape of the North, illuminating a window into the nature of the Arctic tundra through its innovative design by Michael Maltzan.
We hope the art and architecture of Qaumajuq inspires you to learn more about the people of the Canadian North and the majesty of its landscapes. And we hope you’re moved to one day take a trip to see the North for yourself!
ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᒃᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᒃᑯᑦ
ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᕈᖕᓇᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᐅᕙᓂ.
ᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ ᓄᑕᐅᓛᖑᖃᑕᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᓚᓕᐅᑎᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖁᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐃᓱᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᑎᑦ, ᓲᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓕ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᑦ ᖃᑉᓗᓈᓂᑦ?
ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅ ᐸᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᑲᓪᓛᓗᐃᑦ 60 ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᒡᕙᓂ ᐅᐃᓂᐲᒡᒦᑦᑐᑦ. ᐅᐃᓂᐲᒡᒥᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒃᓴᐅᑎᖃᕐᕕᒃᑯᑦ (WAG) ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᖏᓛᖑᔪᓂᑦ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᕐᓄᑦ ᐅᑉᓗᒥᐅᔪᒥᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᑕᑯᔭᒃᓴᖃᕐᕕᒃ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᒋᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᓐᓂᑦ 1950-ᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑉᓗᒥ 14,000 ᖃᓂᑕᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐱᑕᖃᐅᖅᑐᖅ 2,000 ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ, ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᑲᓪᓚᖕᓂᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒋᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᓂᙵᑦ ᑲᒪᔭᖃᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ. WAG ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᒐᓂᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᒋᐊᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᐱᓪᓚᒃᑐᓂᒃ 7,400 ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᑦᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᑕᖏᓐᓂᑦ.
ᑐᒡᓕᐊ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᑦᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᖃᐅᒪᓂᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ ᐱᖃᓐᓈᑉᑎᖕᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᑦ, ᑕᒡᕙᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᑦ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᑕᑯᔭᐅᔪᖕᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓂᑉᑳᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᑲᑎᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᒥᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓂᒋᕐᒥᑦ, ᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᐊᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᑉᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᓂᒃ ᐊᔪᙱᓐᓂᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ: ᐃᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᖕᓇᖅᑐᖃᖅᑐᖅ, ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᖃᖃᑎᒌᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᒍᖕᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ.
“ᓴᕆᒪᓱᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᖓ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᓕᕐᒪᑕ. ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖃᑎᒋᔭᒃᑲ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᒪᓱᒃᑐᖓ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ. ᐊᑎᖓ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᑉ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᖃᕆᐊᑦ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᕐᒥᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᓂᒃ ᐊᑎᖃᐅᖅᑐᓗᒃᑖᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᓂᑦ ᐸᐸᑦᑎᔨᓄᑦ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᓯᐊᙳᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᔪᑐᖃᕐᒥᑦ, ᐃᓱᓕᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᓯᐊᓄᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᕕᓂᕐᓂᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᔪᒥᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᑐᖃᑦᑕᖅᑕᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓇᖏᖅᑕᐅᑉᓗᓂ.”
– ᑎᕇᓯ ᑐᖏᓕᒃ, WAG-ᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔨᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᖅ
ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓂᑑᐸ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᒃᑐᐊᓂᖃᖃᑎᒌᒃᑐᑦ. ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔫᒃ ᓄᓇᒥᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᑭᒡᓕᐅᔪᒥᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐊᖃᑎᒌᒃᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᙵᓱᒃᑎᑦᑎᔪᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᖅᑐᐃᔪᓂᑦ ᓇᑭᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᑯᖃᕈᖕᓇᕐᓂᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᖏᑦᑐᒥᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᒥᑦ. ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᒧᑦ ᐅᕐᓂᒃᑕᐅᓂᖓ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ WAG-ᑯᓐᓂᑦ ᐅᒃᑯᐃᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ, ᐃᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᙱᒃᑎᑎᓐᓂᐊᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᑉᑎᖕᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᐅᑉᓗᑕ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᑐᑭᓯᐊᓕᖅᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓗᒍ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᑦ.
ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᒃᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐅᐃᓂᐲᒡᒥᑦ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᒃᑯᑦ. ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᖓᓂᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᑉ, ᖃᐅᒻᒪᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᑉᓗᓂ ᐃᒐᓛᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᑉ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᒪᐃᑯᓪ ᒫᓪᑦᔮᓐ-ᒧᑦ.
ᑕᐃᒪᑐᖅ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᖅᑭᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᕆᔭᖓ ᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ ᐃᓕᖕᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑐᖓᓂᑦ ᐃᓄᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᔾᔮᕐᓇᖅᑐᐊᓘᓂᖓ ᓄᓇᖓᓂᑦ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᑯᒍᑭᐊᖅ ᐃᓕᖕᓂᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒧᙵᐅᓗᑎᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᖅᑐᕈᒪᓂᐊᖅᐸᐃᑦᑐᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᖅ!
Storytelling is one of the most important aspects of Inuit culture, passed down by elders through generations to enrich and enlighten.
Oct 10 '20 Oct 3 '21
Inuit fashion designers are becoming increasingly popular and in demand – and to celebrate the next generation of Inuit designers, this exhibition will look at fashionable accessories and jewellery from generations past.
Visitors to WAG-Qaumajuq can experience art before coming inside! Check out the sculptures outside Qaumajuq and the WAG – see works by Goota Ashoona, Abraham Anghik Ruben, and Ivan Eyre, all for free!
Qaumajuq's inaugural show
Until March 2022
INUA is the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the WAG. See work by over 90 Inuit artists working across Inuit Nunangat and beyond.
NEW! Virtual Art Tours
for Private Groups at Qaumajuq
Book a 60-minute virtual tour of the art on display at Qaumajuq, the world’s first Inuit Art Centre. Join one of our experienced art educators to explore the collection or feature exhibitions and enjoy lively conversations around the art.