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Queer Inuit youth ‘can be themselves’ at Ottawa drop-in space

Grand opening of Arsaniq program welcomes guests with country food, community support

Organizers and supporters of the Arsaniq drop-in centre celebrated the opening of the program, designed for queer Inuit youth in Ottawa, at an event on Friday at the Bronson centre. From left: Anika d’Argencourt, Reese Lucassie, Katia d’Argencourt, Chris Church (sitting), Mikka Komatsiutikiak, Aly Schamerhorn and Jennifer Chafe. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

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‘Reconseal’iation at the Senate

Yoanis Menge (left), Newfoundland and Labrador Sen. Fabian Manning, Nunavut Sen. Dennis Patterson, and Ruben Komangapik pose after the Nov. 3 meeting of the Senate committee for fisheries and oceans. Patterson introduced Menge and Komangapik, the founders of Reconseal Inuksiuti, and highlighted their efforts to bring traditional food to Inuit in Ottawa and Montreal by hunting grey seal in the Magdalen Islands. (Photo credit: Claudine Santos)

Author, former deputy minister for Indian and Northern Affairs invested into Order of Canada

Author and educator Harry Sheldon Swain is invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Nov. 3. As the former deputy minister of Indian and Northern Affairs (1987-92), Swain was “instrumental” in negotiating land transfers with Indigenous communities, including ones that led to the creation of Nunavut, the Governor General’s office said in a release. The Order of Canada is widely considered to be the highest civilian honour in the country. Simon invested 44 people into the Order of Canada at the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Mathieu St-Amour/Office of the Secretary of the Governor General).

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Pop art, Inuit-style

Part pop art exhibit and part pop-up shop, Pop, Chip, Kukuk is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of snacks and pop culture by Inuk artist Tarralik Duffy. The two-room exhibition, which is both a mini art gallery and a shop, is open until Nov. 5 at the SAW Gallery in Ottawa. Duffy used the SAW Nordic Lab’s Annie Pootoogook screenprinting studio to create graphic drawings, prints and sculptures that are an ode to contemporary Inuit culture. The show features pop art depictions of soda pop, potato chips and chocolate bars, commodities with a long shelf life that are popular across Inuit Nunangat. Images of other Inuit artists also feature on limited-edition art T-shirts, bags and prints that can be purchased directly from the exhibition. (Photos by Madalyn Howitt)

Inuit leaders in the hallowed halls of academia

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon speaks at Trent University; ITK president Natan Obed gets honorary degree in B.C.

At left: Gov. Gen. Mary Simon delivers the keynote address at the Northern Nationalisms conference honouring the late Arctic historian Shelagh Grant at Trent University near Peterborough, Ont. on Saturday. Grant was the first historian and first woman to receive the Northern Science Award in 1996, and was active on various Inuit policy advisory committees. (Photo courtesy of Master Cpl. Anis Assari/Rideau Hall) At right: Inuit Tapariit Kanatami president Natan Obed, right, with University of Northern British Columbia professor Gary Wilson, after Obed received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the university’s Prince George campus on Saturday. Obed, who is in his third term at the national Inuit organization, was nominated by Wilson, a political science professor and chair of the Northern Studies program. (Photo courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami)

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Inuit art advocate invested to Order of Canada

Inuit art advocate Patricia Feheley, left, receives her appointment to the Order of Canada from Gov. Gen. Mary Simon in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday. A longtime gallery director in Toronto, Feheley has spent her career pushing for Inuit art to be recognized as fine art. Her investment to the order was announced in December. Thursday’s ceremony inducted a total of 42 new members to the Order of Canada, widely considered to be the country’s highest civilian honour. (Photo courtesy of Sgt Mathieu St-Amour/Office of the Governor General)

Twin Flames show celebrates Indigenous culture through music

Chelsey June and Jaaji, of the award-winning indie band Twin Flames, entertains a multi-generational crowd at the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families’ annual general meeting Tuesday night at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall in Ottawa. The band is known for celebrating the distinct cultures and history of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples through its music. (Photo by Andrea Sakiyama Kennedy)