The Winnipeg Art Gallery is excited to announce that a circle of language keepers has given an Inuktitut name to what was formerly known as the Inuit Art Centre: Qaumajuq [HOW-ma-yourq], meaning “It is bright, it is lit,” which celebrates the light that flows into the new building connected to the WAG.

This naming initiative is an important step on the WAG’s Indigenization journey, as is free admission for all Indigenous Peoples to WAG-Qaumajuq starting with the landmark opening, expected to launch in February 2021. It is the first time an Indigenous naming of this kind has occurred at a major art institution in Canada.

Guided by the WAG Indigenous Advisory Circle, the historic naming responds to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 13 and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 14i, both of which reference the importance of Indigenous languages.






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