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Virtual Opening of Qaumajuq

Relive the two-part virtual celebration of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the WAG.
Presented by BMO Financial Group, the virtual opening of Qaumajuq happened over two nights, Thursday, March 25 (Part I) and Friday, March 26 (Part 2), 2021. You can watch the documentary-style event below! Produced by Eagle Vision, discover the light-filled spaces of Qaumajuq and experience artwork, performances, voices, and ceremonies bridging North and South. Hosted by WAG’s Dr. Stephen Borys and Julia Lafreniere with Nunavut’s Madeleine Allakariallak.



Go on a journey through the new 40,000-square-foot building by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Cibinel Architecture; the world-renowned collection of Inuit art it holds; the education, outreach and meeting place it will provide; and the inspiration for its design and function. Performers from Inuit Nunangat, including Inuit performance collective ArtCirq and hoop dancer Marika Sila, come together with Manitoba artists like viral TikTok jiggers and hip-hop dancers the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, singer-songwriter Don Amero, and throat-singers Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Chasity Swan. Special appearances by CBC’s Rosanna Deerchild and Juanita Taylor, and many more!



Learn the story of the spirits that exist within the art and experience the blessing of Qaumajuq in ceremony by the Seven Nations of Manitoba. We want to begin in a good way and welcome the artworks and building to this land, Treaty 1, Metis and Dakota territory with a day of prayer. In doing this, Qaumajuq is now prepared to opens its doors and the spirit of the artworks are ready to welcome visitors. Hear a mix of celebratory messages from voices from across the country and beyond. You can share your greetings too! Email or on social media #qaumajuq365


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