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Explore the Gallery virtually with a two-in-one tour that shares the architectural spaces and the stories behind what inspired their names.

The Indigenous Language Sovereignty: Article 13 Experience

A group of Indigenous language keepers and elders gathered virtually in August 2020 to name the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq, as well as the spaces within.

Indigenous languages Inuktitut, Inuttitut, Inuvialuktun, Anishnaabemowin, Nêhiyawêwin, Anishininimowin, Dakota, Dene, and Michif now have a permanent space in WAG-Qaumajuq.

We have included Inuit and Inuvialuit names from each dialect of Inuktitut, and names from all languages of Indigenous peoples of Manitoba. Language keepers provided spellings based on their regional dialects, which may differ from other regional spellings and pronunciations within each language group.

For more information about the project, please click here

The Architectural Elements Experience

Join Anishinaabe architect David Thomas and WAG-Qaumajuq Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys as they walk you through their favourite architectural features of Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq.


Explore the virtual tour below. Navigate through the spaces using your cursor or touch pad. Click on the portrait icons to hear directly from language keepers and language learners. Click on the building icons to hear directly from Thomas and Borys.

Thanks to the following people for their involvement

Language Keepers
Byron Beardy • Holly Carpenter • Elder Dr. Mary Courchene • Elder Verna Demontigny • Johnny Kasudluak • Diane Powderhorn • Eric Robinson • Marge Roscelli • Dr. Niiganwewidam Sinclair • Theresie Tungilik • Krista Ulujuk Zawadski • Katie Winters

Language Learners
Dr. Heather Igloliorte • Julia Lafreniere • Taqralik Partridge • Jocelyn Piirainen

Project Manager
Casey Koyczan

How to Navigate the Virtual Tours

  • To move through the Gallery/advance in space: click on a white circle ahead/around where you are currently situated
  • To enter through a door: click on the blue door that says “Enter (space)”
  • To enter through a closed door: click on the white arrow on the door
  • To exit through a door: click on the blue door labelled “Exit (space)”
  • To see the space around you (without moving): hold the cursor down and move your mouse in the direction you would like to see. On a touch screen, hold your finger down on the screen and move it to where you would like to see
  • To watch an interview with a Knowledge Keeper: click on the white circle with a line drawing of the Knowledge Keeper and the title of the space you are in (“Ilipvik”)
  • To watch an architectural tour: click on a white circle with a line drawing of the WAG-Qaumajuq building and the title “Architecture Location”
Plan Your Visit
WAG-Qaumajuq recognizes that land acknowledgements are part of an ongoing dialogue with Indigenous Nations, and we are grateful to live and work on these lands and waters. Institutionally, WAG-Qaumajuq is committed to acknowledging our colonial history and we are actively working to interrogate the Gallery’s colonial ways of being.

WAG-Qaumajuq is LEED certified.

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