The WAG Inuit Art Centre is working with national and international Indigenous and non- Indigenous partners to create a world-class art museum filled with transformative objects, images, ideas and experiences.

Partners are shaping programs as a way to bring national and international attention to Inuit and Inuit art, history and communities. Partners include:


Peter and Elizabeth Awa with Pauloosie Suvega, Deputy Minister of Culture and Heritage, Government of Nunavut, in the Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery.



The Government of Nunavut has entrusted the WAG with the territory’s extensive 7,380- work Fine Art Collections on a long-term loan. Unseen since 1999 when Nunavut was formed, these works are now being documented, exhibited and shared. The agreement underscores the relationship the WAG has with the Territory’s artists through its 60 years of collecting, exhibiting and promoting Inuit art around the world.

The WAG will house the collection until a Heritage Centre is built in Nunavut. In the interim, the Government of Nunavut and the WAG are working together to create training programs that will train arts and heritage workers, and support more artists in the North. Once built, the WAG Inuit Art Centre and the Nunavut Heritage Centre will be permanently linked through exhibitions, programming and training.


To bridge gaps in the Inuit art sector, the WAG is working with the Inuit Art Foundation and a national network of public institutions to ensure Inuit art’s future.


The WAG and the Manitoba Inuit Association are working together to create a dynamic, bilateral dialogue that promotes understanding and opens a window to the Canadian Arctic for those in the South.


Through an Elders-in-residency program, the WAG Inuit Art Centre will connect Inuit Elders and their art with the broader community.


The WAG and Province of Manitoba Department of Education have a memorandum of understanding regarding curriculum-based educational programs at the WAG. Building on this partnership, the WAG Inuit Art Centre will provide Manitoban students at all levels with full access—live and remote—to this extensive cultural resource.


Objects tell stories. Recognizing this, the WAG shares artifacts and art with local partners, bringing Inuit artworks and history to the community in new places:

  • Assiniboine Park Zoo, Journey to Churchill
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • The Manitoba Museum
  • WAG@The Forks
  • WAG@ThePark, Assiniboine Park Conservatory


The WAG is creating a hub for arts education and training.

The WAG has an education partnership with the University of Winnipeg Curatorial Studies Program and has developed a joint Chair in the History of Indigenous Art of North America. The program is being expanded to provide hands-on training opportunities.

The WAG is working with Arctic College and Concordia University to develop programs to train arts workers and build capacity across the North.

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) is Canada’s premiere training ground for artists. The WAG is OCADU’s partner in hands-on practicum and training for students.


Building on the WAG’s excellent record of research and publication in Inuit art and culture, the WAG Inuit Art Centre will inform new research and open up study and internship opportunities, attracting scholars from around the globe.

Your support will ensure that Indigenous voices resonate throughout the project. The WAG Inuit Art Centre will hire Inuktitut-speaking researchers to help liaise with northern communities. Native Inuktitut speakers also hold the power to further explore and interpret the collection—strengthening education programs, cultural tours, curation, and our understanding of the Arctic.

Rylie Chinchilla at the We Are On Treaty Land exhibition celebration, Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Shuvinai Ashoona. Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Photo: Darlene Coward Wight
Shuvinai Ashoona. Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Photo: Darlene Coward Wight
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