Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. puts $490K towards future heritage centre

‘We need this centre,’ says VP James Eetoolook

Here is an artist’s rendition of what the proposed Nunavut Heritage Centre would look like. (File photo)

By Jane George

The repatriation of Nunavut artifacts from southern Canada should be fast-tracked: that was the consensus around the table this week at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc’s board meeting in Baker Lake.

Board members approved a resolution that will give the Inuit Heritage Trust about $490,000 to go towards getting its heritage project ready to start construction.

The future Nunavut Heritage Centre, to be located in Iqaluit, comes with an estimated price tag of $70 to $90 million.

So far, the trust has raised $10 million. In 2017 NTI contributed $5 million, which matches the amount the Qikiqtani Inuit Association had already pledged to contribute towards the heritage centre.

The trust now needs to do engineering and design work to get the project shovel-ready.

The $10 million already raised is intended to help the Inuit Heritage Trust leverage the balance of the money needed for the project, according to information shared at the recent NTI board meeting.

The Nunavut Agreement calls for the establishment of a northern facility to conserve Inuit art and artifacts.

Right now, some 7,300 items from Nunavut are sitting at the Winnipeg Art Gallery thanks to an agreement between the gallery and territorial government.

NTI vice-president James Eetoolook and other NTI board members were invited to see the collection at the opening of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s INUA exhibit at the new Qaumajuq Inuit art centre.

But Eetoolook said he would rather see the Nunavut collection back in the territory.

“We need this centre,” he said.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by wondering on

    why? so 100 people can enjoy instead of the 1000s that could in Winnipeg..??leave it there and just start a new collection for here..

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  2. Posted by Iqalumiuta on

    Never mind that now a days people can look it on internet get housing for Inuit instead

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  3. Posted by Iqalumiuta on

    Besides there’s a museum in Iqaluit alot of people will be looking at that instead of housing way to go NTI .

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  4. Posted by eskimo joe on

    why the building? funding is going to dry up for sure, why is NTI doing this? Feds will not want to put $$$ up here, there’s no traffic and beside all their $$$ has been spent in MB. NTI, why don’t you try doing something worth while, say like language?

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  5. Posted by Arviat guess on

    Why not housing for the overcrowded community’s? Not a pitch a junk.

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  6. Posted by Amused on

    NTI and all designated Inuit orgs, what a joke, housing and it’s inhabitants are in real peril without adequate housing for ever so crowded homes 99% of households are overcrowded In Nunavut ,which Can become an immediate health risk for its occupants. What a joke what they think we Inuit need most !

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