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December 03, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk and Learn: Evolution and Adaptations in Modern Inuit Culture

An interdisciplinary talk that delves into the contemporary life in Canadian Inuit communities. Ecologist/filmmaker Joel Heath and anthropologist Pamela Stern will share insights from their research and experience in the Arctic, and prompt us to consider what it is like to live surrounded by the harsh climate and stark landscapes of the Arctic tundra. Drawing from 15 years conducting Arctic research and his experience producing the award-winning film People of a Feather, Heath’s talk will provide a unique glimpse into the evolution of Arctic culture, and how environmental change - particularly in relation to hydroelectric projects – has changed the Inuit people of Sanikiluag’s relationship to their ecosystem. Stern’s talk “The Art of Home” will explore Inuit art, specifically representations of homes, both past and present. Two prolific printmaking Inuit communities, Ulukhaktok (Holman) and Cape Dorset will be covered.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Adults $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | Family $38 | MOV Members Free
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Joel Heath is a scientist, award winning filmmaker, environmental activist, and recently held the prestigious 2014-15 Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at the University of Washington. In 2002, Joel began his PhD project: to study the winter ecology of eider ducks in the Canadian Arctic. This project took him to the remote Belcher Islands where he worked with the community of Sanikiluaq to gather data and footage of the ducks and arctic sea ice. His PhD completed, Joel moved onto a bigger project: sharing the story behind the research by creating a beautiful and intelligent documentary about the relationships among changing sea ice, eider ducks, and the unique Inuit of Sanikiluaq that use the birds for clothing and food. People of a Feather has won over 16 international film awards.  In addition to Research Associate positions at Carleton University (Geography and Environmental Studies) and the University of Manitoba (Centre for Earth Observation Science), Joel is the Executive Director and founder of the Arctic Eider Society, a registered charity that supports outreach, research, and solution-oriented activism with the goal of empowering Inuit and Cree communities, providing environmental stewardship for sea ice ecosystems. The Society also works to engage youth and bring the voices of Inuit to discussions on important environmental issues.

Pamela Stern is assistant professor of anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Stern is the author of two books about Inuit: Historical Dictionary of the Inuit and Daily Life of Inuit and is co-editor of Critical Inuit Studies: An Anthology of Contemporary Arctic Ethnography.  She is also the co-author of The Proposal Economy, an ethnography about citizenship in a northern Ontario community. Stern is a socio-cultural anthropologist with interests in the ways that individuals and communities respond to and shape the conditions of modern life and in doing so participate in making public policy. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Ulukhaktok, an Inuvialuit community in the Northwest Territories, as well as in Cobalt, Ontario.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 surveys a century of arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Each of these components documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines an adapting role for architecture moving forward. This exhibition marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, in 1999, and its rapid rise.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

Le cabinet Lateral Office a dirigé et organisé l’exposition intitulée Adaptations à l’Arctique : Nunavut à 15 ans, avec l’aide de l’Institut royal d’architecture du Canada, et du Conseil des arts du Canada. Le Musée des beaux-arts de Winnipeg se chargera de la tournée avec le soutien du Programme d’aide aux musées du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, et du commanditaire principal Manuvie.