Let's build a Qaggiq: Inuit performing arts & cultural learning hub!ᐃᑲᔪᕆᑦ ᓴᓇᖃᑕᐅᓗᑎᑦ ᓄᓇᕘᒥ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓈᕐᕕᐅᖃᑦᑕ ᓛᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐃᓪᓗᒥᒃ!
Nunavut is the only territory/province in Canada without a space to create and present the performing arts. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐃᓂᖃᓐᖏᑦᑐᑐᐊᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ ᑕᑯᕋᓐ˙ᓇᕐᕕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ
Nunavut is rich in the Inuit performing arts. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓈᖅᑕᐅᒍᑎᒃᓴᑦᑎᐊᕙᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖏᑦᑐᖅ.
Many Inuit performing arts were lost during the past century through colonization. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᓐᖑᐊᕈᓯᖏᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᓯᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᓪᓘᓈᑦ ᑎᑭᒻᒪᑕ ᐊᓯᕈᖅᑕᐅᓂᒃᑯᑦ.
The arts honour and nurture the human spirit. ᐱᓐᖑᐊᕈᓰᑦ ᐅᐱᒍᓱᒍᑎᐅᕗᑦ ᐆᒪᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᐃᓅᑉ ᐊᓂᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ.
The performing arts provide youth with a sense of belonging. ᐱᓐᖑᐊᕈᓰᑦ ᐃᓅᓱᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᑉᐱᒍᓱᑦᑎᑦᑎᕙᑉᐳᑦ
Thank you for considering supporting our vision to build the Qaggiq Nunavut Performing Arts Centre!
ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᒍᒪᒐᕕᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᔅᓴᒧᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᓐᖑᐊᑕᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓪᓗᓕᐅᕈᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓈᖅᑕᐅᕕᔅᓴᒥᒃ ᐱᓐᖑᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ!
What People Are Saying
"It’s important to have a performing arts space to actually promote Inuit culture, let it thrive and allow artists to perform throughout future generations."
— Tooma Laisa, young Inuk singer and artist, Read More
"I can't imagine a time where Elders weren’t allowed to do what they do. There was a time when if they spoke Inuktitut, they were frowned upon."
— Terrie Kusugak, Pisiit Course student, Qaggiq School, Read More
"Passing songs and tradition down to younger generations is critical preservation."
— Rico Manitok, technical artist from Rankin Inlet, Read More
"I was always told to be proud of where I come from and my language, and you can see that pride in Inuit elders as they share their culture. It’s powerful to see."
— Marley Dunkers, Pisiit Course student, Qaggiq School, Read More
"I learned that our elders are the only ones who have these pisiits left for us to learn...Each community has different dialects and stories to tell."
— Kurri Panika, Pisiit Course Student, Qaggiq School, Read More
"[Qaggiavuut! has] been working to build a place for live cultural events in Iqaluit – one with a large stage, but also with rehearsal places and classrooms for teaching the performing arts, and rooms where Inuit children can be immersed in their language and heritage."
— Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail, Read More