We Are Here, Shar­ing Stories

Li­brary and Archives Canada

Inuit Art Quarterly - - HIGHLIGHTS -

The 2017 fed­eral bud­get in­cluded fund­ing for ini­tia­tives that would help pre­serve and make ac­ces­si­ble doc­u­ments, pho­tos and record­ings held by Li­brary and Archives Canada (LAC) and other col­lec­tions. This has in­cluded doc­u­ments from Indige­nous and North­ern Af­fairs Canada (INAC) and the Rose­mary Gil­liat Ea­ton fonds. We spoke to artist Heather Camp­bell, who has been work­ing as an ar­chiv­ist on the pro­ject, to learn about what the hold­ings have re­vealed.

As an Inuk artist and for­mer cu­ra­tor, this has been a dream pro­ject for me. My favourite part has been go­ing through the old CEAC (Cana­dian Eskimo Arts Coun­cil) files that go back to the 1950s and are very in­for­ma­tive about the mar­ket­ing of Inuit art from be­tween then and the 1980s. The CEAC was in charge of de­cid­ing if prints were “fit” for dis­tri­bu­tion, and I found a doc­u­ment that out­lined the re­quire­ments for print se­lec­tion. I also found a re­port from the first con­fer­ence in which Labrador Inuit artists were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, which, as an ar tist from Nu­natsi­avut, was per­son­ally very ex­cit­ing. Our team has also dig­i­tized more pho­tos from the Rose­mary Gil­liat Ea­ton fonds. Gil­liat Ea­ton was a pho­tog­ra­pher who trav­elled North in the early 1960s and took pho­tos of artists in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, and other com­mu­ni­ties. We have found pho­tos of artists like Keno­juak Ashe­vak, CC, ON, RCA (1927–2013) and Sheouak Pe­taulassie (1923–1961) that haven’t been made avail­able be­fore and will con­tinue to post the new ma­te­rial we dis­cover. – Heather Camp­bell


BE­LOW (RIGHT) Sheouak Pe­taulassie pour­ing wa­ter from a ket­tle into a mug in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, 1962

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