Pres­i­dent’s Mes­sage

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - Mathew Nuqin­gaq CM Pres­i­dent, Inuit Art Foun­da­tion

I would like to start this 30th an­niver­sary is­sue of the Inuit Art Quar­terly, my first as the newly-ap­pointed Pres­i­dent of the Board of Di­rec­tors, by both look­ing back on all that we have ac­com­plished and by ad­dress­ing change. I’ve been in­volved with the Inuit Art Foun­da­tion for 18 years and a lot has changed in that time. Life is al­ways chang­ing and can be a bit scary, but it’s a very nec­es­sary process to make space for ex­cit­ing, new things. We have new staff mem­bers, who are just be­gin­ning their jour­neys with us, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing how they will build on the hard work of the peo­ple who have come be­fore them. With these new ad­di­tions, how­ever, we also say good­bye to two of our board mem­bers, Billy Gau­thier and Laakku­luk Wil­liamson Bathory. I would like to thank them for be­ing there for us; they have and will con­tinue to move moun­tains as artists and ac­tivists. Their con­tri­bu­tions to the Foun­da­tion will not be for­got­ten and will al­ways be ap­pre­ci­ated. In this is­sue, we are also hon­oured to an­nounce that we have taken con­trol of the Igloo Tag Trade­mark pro­gram from In­dige­nous and North­ern Af­fairs Canada. We an­nounced the ac­qui­si­tion of the pro­gram dur­ing the won­der­ful an­nual Nu­navut Arts Fes­ti­val, here in Iqaluit, co­or­di­nated by the Nu­navut Arts and Crafts As­so­ci­a­tion. This trade­mark is some­thing that we feel pro­tects us and is known world­wide and, now, will fi­nally be run by an Inuit-led or­ga­ni­za­tion with an Inuk Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor. It’s our con­fi­dence booster. This feels like wel­com­ing back an old friend from years ago, and we look for­ward to hav­ing this pro­gram run­ning again, as it’s one of our iden­ti­ties as artists and as Inuit. We thank you for be­ing with us and sup­port­ing us for 30 years, and we hope you en­joy this land­mark is­sue of the Inuit Art Quar­terly.

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