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March 19, 2018 

Humber Galleries’ innovative art collection, called Channel 51: Igloolik, couldn’t have come at a better time for the study abroad Nunavut students. As students get ready to head to Arviat, Nunavut for the adventure of a lifetime, Humber Galleries has just opened a show that brings together images of groundbreaking video collectives from Nunavut.

On March 15th, 2018, the study abroad students were lucky to be one of the first groups to see this art installation up close and personal. The opening night of Channel 51: Igloolik revealed stills from 30 years of industry-changing video production in Igloolik, Nunavut. The installation brought to life contemporary Inuit visual culture. It also helped educate and inspire students to explore and learn about Nunavut culture before their trip.

The installation featured guest curator, Asinnajaq (Isabella Weetaluktuk), a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer, who is dedicated to promoting her Inuit cultural heritage through art.

In addition to this art installation, the study abroad Nunavut group worked alongside Humber Galleries to educate and inform one another in the areas of culture, cultural sensitivity, common practices, travel tips and more. This partnership worked not only to prepare them for the journey ahead but to strengthen the relationships between groups within Humber and honoured the importance of First Nations history in Etobicoke.

Thank you to Humber Galleries for your partnership and support of Inuit art, culture, and education for the study abroad students. We hope to bring together more departments within the Humber community to share in this important learning and exploration of the Great North.

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