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.

Together, we are shaping programs and exhibitions that will bring global attention to Inuit, and Inuit art, history and communities.

The Centre will be a place where Inuit and non-Inuit can gather, tell stories, listen, and be inspired to create new pathways forward through greater understanding.


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.



It is imperative that Inuit guide the telling of their own stories by having agency in creating the Centre’s exhibitions and programming. The WAG is working with Inuit birthright organizations, governments, associations, arts organizations and individuals across Inuit Nunangat to ensure the Centre is a place where all Inuit feel welcome, engaged, and inspired to share their culture with the world. The WAG is also working with urban and Southern Inuit partners to ensure all voices are heard.


The Government of Nunavut has entrusted the WAG with the 7,300+ pieces in its fine art collection through a long-term loan. While at the WAG, these works are being documented, exhibited and shared. Using the collection, Nunavut and the WAG are working in partnership to create programs that will support arts and heritage workers, and artists in the North.


Providing space for Inuit Elders to share their stories with the broader community is critical to building bridges – between cultures, between North and South, and between generations. The WAG is collaborating with Inuit partners to develop programming that engages Elders in meaningful ways.


The WAG and Province of Manitoba Department of Education have a memorandum of understanding regarding curriculum-based education programs. The WAG also has long-term relationships with all Winnipeg-area school divisions. The WAG Inuit Art Centre will provide Manitoba students at all levels with access to this invaluable cultural resource. The Centre’s exhibitions and educational programming will also be accessible online from anywhere in Manitoba, Canada or around the world.

The Inuit Art Foundation and a national network of public institutions are valuable partners in ensuring a strong future for Inuit art and arts workers. Internships, mentorships, research opportunities and hands-on experience will nurture skills for promoting Inuit art and maintaining collections in Inuit communities.

Curatorial internships, mentorships and residencies are being developed with Arctic College, Inuit Heritage Trust, Concordia University, OCADU, and the University of Winnipeg.


Objects can tell important stories. Recognizing this, the WAG takes Inuit art and history to the world by sharing artifacts and artworks with local, national and international partners. In Winnipeg, the WAG has loaned Inuit artworks to places such as Assiniboine Park, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks and The Manitoba Museum.


The WAG’s 28-member Indigenous Advisory Circle provides guidance on all Gallery activities and ensures that WAG programming is developed and presented in a true spirit of reconciliation.



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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