The Inuit Studies Conference is a biannual International and multidisciplinary conference that takes place at institutions around Europe and North America. This year’s conference will welcome numerous presenters including elders, researchers, professionals, artists, and representatives from various Inuit communities, and more. These presentations will focus on a wide range of aspects related to Inuit society, including history, language, and culture, to Inuit homelands, environment, geography, and ecology.
During the conference, attendees will get the chance to tour the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together) and will conclude with a gala held throughout the building featuring art, live music, and performances.
We are so excited to experience this space, as well as this year’s keynote speakers, panelists, artists’ marketplace, book fair, performances, art exhibitions, and more this summer!
This year, the name of the conference is Auviqsaqtuq [Ouuuv-vick-suk-took] which can be translated to cutting blocks to make an iglu, or working together to build an iglu.
Auviqsaqtuq evokes themes of collaboration, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, sharing intergenerational knowledge, and building something together.
The conference is presented in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery – Qaumajuq, where this year’s Inuit studies Conference will take place. The WAG is one of Canada’s first civic art galleries housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Qaumajuq is a new and innovative museum that is attached to the WAG. It is the first of its kind and houses the largest public collection of Inuit art in the world – nearly 14,000 pieces of Inuit art.
In Inuktitut, Qaumajuq can be translated to ‘it is bright, it is lit’ describing the bright, open and beautiful space. It is an Inuit led museum, meaning it has partnered with a multitude of Inuit organizations, communities and Governments to ensure Inuit have remained at the forefront of its development.