Strike a pose: Fashion gala at National Arts Centre to raise money for Inuit students

Nunavut Sivuniksavut hosting event to cover cost of student trip

Josh Qaumariaq and his band, the Trade-Offs, perform at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in September 2019. They will be back on stage Dec. 12 to perform at a fashion gala (File photo)

By Kelly Buell
Special to Nunatsiaq News

Updated on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Inuit art, music, fashion and pride will be on stage next week at the National Arts Centre as Nunavut Sivuniksavut holds its first-ever fashion gala.

Nunavut Sivuniksavut, based in Ottawa, is a two-year post-secondary program focused on Inuit studies.

The event will include a fashion show featuring designs by InukChic Designs, Adrienne Aliyak and Victoria’s Arctic Fashion, as well as a performance by Nunavut blues band the Trade-Offs.

“We are hoping [the attendees] get to see the Inuit fashion from our designers and music as a whole Inuit experience as a fundraiser for our organization,” said Lynn Kilabuk, executive director for Nunavut Sivuniksavut.

Kilabuk said the group hopes to raise $100,000, partly to fund a cultural trip for the students. The rest of the money is earmarked for the program’s operations.

The gala is Dec. 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

This articles has been updated from a previous version to correctly state the fundraising goal amount as $100,000.


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