Diverse items and materials, set against a felted wool background, were used by the The Inniutit Women’s Group to tell the story of the Qitiqmeut people, past, present and future. In the centre of the block is the traditional shelter from the elements, a snow-block iglu (igloo), shown in sun-bleached seal skin, defined with sinew and cotton threads. To the left is an oil lamp called aqudliq, a source of heat and light during the darkness of both night and day in the Arctic. Attached on the right is a collection of essential tools: a pana made of caribou bone and sinew (the snow knife is used to create shelters); a carved ivory ulu, the multi-use women’s implement, and a naugligaut or hunting spear, shown here in unbleached sealskin. The qayaq (kayak)situated at the bottom was used to hunt large sea mammals. The items at the top, a mortar board and a rolled, sealskin diploma, relate the peoples’ hopes and dreams for a better life through education and development. A surge in exploration and mining activity in the region is represented by the metal mining tools.
Members of the Inniutit Women’s Group include Annie Kavavaouk Buchan, Mona Igutsaq, Jeannie Ugyuk, Sarah Takolik, and Bessie Ashevak.