We are all asking important questions about what reconciliation means. The Inuit Art Centre is an opportunity to take action through meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities, organizations, and people.

Together, we are working to develop the Inuit Art Centre, bringing Inuit stories into focus nationally and around the globe.



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.


WAG Indigenous Advisory Circle

The Inuit Art Centre is being shaped and informed by Indigenous stakeholders representing all of Canada’s Inuit regions, as well as First Nations and Métis communities in Manitoba and nationally. The Indigenous Advisory Circle is chaired by Dr. Heather Igloliorte and Dr. Julie Nagam.

Government of Nunavut

The Government of Nunavut has entrusted the WAG with the territory’s extensive Fine Art Collections—over 7,500 works unseen since 1999—until a Heritage Centre is built in Nunavut. In the interim, the WAG and the Government of Nunavut are creating programs to help train arts and heritage workers and support more artists in the North.

Province of Manitoba Department of Education

Curriculum-based educational programs at the WAG will include full access to the Inuit Art Centre. Virtual technology will connect students, artists and Elders from across the country. Classrooms from North and South will see and talk to each other in real time; interact, collaborate, and share in the experience of learning.

Northern Initiatives

Through partnerships with Inuit associations, territorial governments, cultural institutions, communities and organizations in the North, we are developing internships, job training and mentorship programs, artist residencies, visiting Elder programs, and Inuktitut publishing projects.

Beyond WAG Walls

The Inuit Art Centre will reach out to bring art and understanding to the community with touring exhibits, online programming, a presence at local cultural destinations such as  The Forks and education programs that bring guest speakers and film festivals to highlight Inuit culture and current issues.

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
Matthew Nuqingak at the opening of WAG@The Forks.
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