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WAG-Qaumajuq to Host Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference

Events will take place at the University of Winnipeg and Qaumajuq from April 6-9, 2022

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty No. 1 Territory, December 1, 2021: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq is pleased to announce that Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference, will take place at Qaumajuq in the closing week of INUA, the inaugural exhibition. The University of Winnipeg and the new Inuit art centre will host events around the conference from Wednesday, April 6 to Saturday, April 9. The conference organizing committee has put out a Call for Papers and the Call for Proposals for the 2022 event.

The conference’s name, Auviqsaqtut, is Inuktitut for ‘cutting blocks to make an iglu/working together to build an iglu.’ Auviqsaqtut evokes themes of collaboration, sharing intergenerational knowledge, and building together. For this reason, the organizing committee is welcoming proposals emphasizing Inuit knowledge, collaboration, shared histories, and building towards the future. Proposals can include cultural activities, workshops, performances, and other creative projects, as well as Inuit artistic vendors from across Inuit Nunangat. For full information, visit the official call here. Proposals are due December 15, 2021.

Details about the conference:

  • For full information, visit the official call here. The Call for Papers and the Call for Proposals has been extended to December 15, 2021.
  • Qaumajuq and the University of Winnipeg will host Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference from Wednesday, April 6 to Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • This year marks the centennial of both the Fifth Thule Expedition and Nanook of the North; as well as the opening of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit Art Centre.
  • The conference takes place during the last weekend of the inaugural exhibition of the Qaumajuq, INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together), presented by RBC.
  • The conference will conclude with a gala held throughout Qaumajuq featuring art, live music, and performances.


“The return of this in-person conference provides a significant opportunity for conference attendees to explore Qaumajuq at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, to visit its inaugural exhibition INUA, and to participate in the closing celebrations that weekend.”

— Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Concordia University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts; co-chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle, Winnipeg Art Gallery


“The University of Winnipeg and Aabijijiwan New Media Lab are thrilled to be co-hosting this conference with WAG-Qaumajuq, because our work centers on the importance of creating space for intergenerational knowledge sharing and collaboration between and amongst Indigenous peoples.”

— Dr. Julie Nagam, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media; co-chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle, Winnipeg Art Gallery


The WAG thanks the organizing committee for Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference. The WAG thanks INUA presenting partner RBC, programming partner Inuit Futures, supporter The Dorothy Streslin Foundation, and sponsors listed at


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Call for Proposals
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Amy Rebecca Harrison
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Winnipeg Art Gallery


The Winnipeg Art Gallery (the WAG) is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. Opened in March 2021, Qaumajuq connects to the WAG on all levels, celebrating the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. The new WAG-Qaumajuq cultural campus is now one of the largest art museums in Canada. To learn more visit


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