Canada 150 in Nu­navut

Inuit Art Quarterly - - NEWS -

The Nu­navut Arts and Crafts As­so­ci­a­tion (NACA) has been awarded $350,000, cour­tesy of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Canada 150 Fund. The fund­ing will be used for NACA’s com­mu­nity pro­ject “Nu­navum­miut Cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th Birth­day”, which will take place in close to a dozen Nu­navut com­mu­ni­ties on July 1 of next year. Fund­ing for two ad­di­tional projects in Nu­navut through the fund was also an­nounced by the Hon­ourable Mélanie Joly, Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage. The Nu­natta Su­nakku­taan­git Mu­seum will re­ceive $288,000 for its pan-Cana­dian sig­na­ture pro­ject ‘‘Voices of Nu­navut,’’ a mul­ti­lin­gual ex­hibit that con­sists of a 25-chan­nel video in­stal­la­tion rep­re­sent­ing the 25 com­mu­ni­ties of Nu­navut, while the Iqaluit Ac­tion Lab will re­ceive $100,000. The an­nounce­ment comes on the heels of re­cent suc­cesses for NACA, in­clud­ing the open­ing of Floe Edge: Con­tem­po­rary Art and Col­lab­o­ra­tions from Nu­navut at Canada House in Lon­don, Eng­land. Inuk artist Billy Gau­thier, writer Delilah Saun­ders and Jerry Kohlmeis­ter have ended their hunger strike to protest en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with the Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric dam pro­ject in Labrador. The Nu­natsi­avut Gov­ern­ment’s #MakeMuskratRight cam­paign, launched in Novem­ber 2015, cites re­search from a Har­vard Univer­sity study that con­cluded that a lack of veg­e­ta­tion clear­ing will re­sult in methylmer­cury con­tam­i­na­tion in Lake Melville, an eco­log­i­cally-sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter­way, and by ex­ten­sion the ma­rine foods from it. Af­ter 12 days with­out food, Gau­thier and his fel­low hunger strik­ers broke their fasts with lo­cal smoked Arc­tic char, fol­low­ing 12 hours of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador and lead­ers from the Innu Na­tion, the Nu­natsi­avut Gov­ern­ment and the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, re­sult­ing in, among other mea­sures, the es­tab­lish­ment of an In­de­pen­dent Ex­pert Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

NACA’s con­tin­gent on their way to Lon­don. From left: Mon­ica Ell-Kanayuk, Rowena House, Lavinia van Heu­ve­len, Elis­api Davidee Ang­ing­miuq, Sherri Rowe, Igah Hainnu and Niore Iqalukjuak Bot­tom row: Ni­cole Cam­phaug and daugh­ter, Septem­ber 2016 Cour­tesy Niore Iqalukjuak

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