Biographies of speakers and moderators

Murray Angus co-founded the renowned Ottawa-based Inuit training program Nunavut Sivuniksavut in 1985 and retired in June 2016. The eight-month to two-year program for high school graduates from across Nunavut has been acclaimed for its innovative Inuit-centred curriculum. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of Canada by the Governor General for playing a vital role in empowering Inuit youth. In 2001, he began involving Nunavut Sivuniksavut students in conducting research into photographs from Library and Archives Canada's collection, an initiative that became Project Naming.

Sheena Ellison is an educator and researcher working in Ottawa and is interested in the role of traditional knowledge in Indigenous education, arts and culture. She has a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She is a lecturer in the Art History Department at Carleton University, and teaches English, history and native studies for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She has been involved with the Views from the North project since 2011.

Beth Greenhorn has an M.A. in Canadian Art History from Carleton University in Ottawa. After graduating in 1996, she worked for in the Canadian Art Division at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2003, she joined the National Archives of Canada, now Library and Archives Canada, where she curated web exhibitions and led web-based projects. From 2003 to present, she has managed Project Naming. The first 14 years largely focussed on photographic collections of Nunavimmuit. In May 2015, the project was expanded to include all three Aboriginal groups in Canada: First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit communities in Nunavut, the Inuvialuit (western Arctic), Nunavik (northern Quebec) and Nunatsiavut (Labrador).

Ann Meekitjuk Hanson is a highly respected elder who was born in Qaktut, Nunavut, and now resides in Iqaluit. She is well known as a broadcaster, journalist, civil servant and writer. She has worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. From 2005–2010, she served as third Commissioner of Nunavut. She has initiated a number of social agencies in Iqaluit; these include the Juvenile Court Committee, the Elders Group, the Inuit Cultural Group, and the Quinuajuaq Society.

Morley Hanson joined the faculty of the renowned Ottawa-based Inuit training program Nunavut Sivuniksavut in 1988 and remains a faculty member today. The eight-month to two-year program for high school graduates from across Nunavut has been acclaimed for its innovative Inuit-centred curriculum. In 2014, she was awarded the Order of Canada by the Governor General, citing his commitment to empowering young people, particularly Indigenous youth. In 2001, the school began involving Nunavut Sivuniksavut students in conducting research into photographs from Library and Archives Canada's collection, an initiative that became Project Naming.

Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Inuk, Nunatsiavut Territory) is Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Art History at Concordia University in Montréal. Her research focuses on Inuit visual and material culture. Publications include chapters and catalogue essays in Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism (2012); Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 (2012); Curating Difficult Knowledge (2011); Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art (2011); Inuit Modern (2010); Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Journey (2009); and Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (2014). Her recent curatorial projects are the reinstallation of the permanent collection of Inuit art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, aboDIGITAL: The Art of Jordan Bennett (2012), Decolonize Me (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2011–2015), and We Were so Far Away: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools (Legacy of Hope Foundation, 2009–).

Piita Irniq is a residential school survivor and political leader. He has extensive experience as a legislator and leader in the north. He served for two terms as a member of the legislative assembly of the Northwest Territories and was a member of the Nunavut Implementation Commission that established the Territory of Nunavut in 1999. From 2000–2005, he served as the second Commissioner of Nunavut. Since that time, he has remained a tireless advocate of Inuit culture and the Inuktitut language. Now based in Ottawa, he was involved in the development of Project Naming and has participated in the identification of photographic records from his community of Naujaat (Repulse Bay), Nunavut.

Curtis Kuumuaq Konek is an Inuk researcher and youth leader based in Arviat, Nunavut. Between 2011 and 2013, he worked as a researcher, interviewer, translator and filmmaker with the Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project. He travelled with the Nanisiniq crew making presentations about the history project's findings on climate change and the relocations of Inuit in the Arviat area. As part of the Nanisiniq research program, he also worked with Project Naming to name and connect family members through old photos of relatives in the community of Arviat. From 2013-14, he filmed and instructed youth from Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) as part of the first year of the Nanivara History Project.

Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt is a Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), Nunavut-based performer, writer and arts administrator. She is a well-known throat singer and recording artist. In addition, she is the Manager and Facilitator of the National Arts Centre Music Alive Program in Nunavut as well as Festival Coordinator and Executive Director Trainee for the Alianait Arts Festival. She travels to communities around Nunavut giving workshops, coordinating activities and performing.

A historian of photography, Dr. Carol Payne is Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton University. She is author of The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada's Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941–1971 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013) and co-editor (with Andrea Kunard) of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011) among many other publications. Between 2005 and 2014, she was the principal investigator in a collaborative photo-based research project, Views from the North, with Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Library and Archives Canada and Carleton University funded by SSHRC. She has spoken and published extensively on Inuit and photography.

Barry Pottle is a contemporary photo-based Inuk artist originally from Nunatsiavut Territory. His work has been exhibited across Canada. In his photography, he explores Inuit culture, history and contemporary experience including the experiences of urban Inuit. In his photo conceptual series Awareness Series, he photographed several of the notorious numbered identification discs issued by the Canadian government to Inuit between 1944 and 1969. He paired these with portraits of Inuit who had been issued numbered discs. His work, like his outreach activity as a whole, explores how photography can be used to expose Inuit history—including a history of colonization—and to assert Inuit resilience. He is a member of the Labrador Inuit Association and the Labrador Heritage Society and has participated as a board member and president of Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre and served on the board of the Inuit Head Start Program.

Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt is a Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut-based writer, teacher and youth leader. She is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montréal. In her writing, she describes Inuit culture from an Inuk perspective. Her book, The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, was shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children. She is also the recipient of a Northern Youth Abroad Outstanding Alumni Award as well as a TD Michaëlle Jean Bursary for youth using the arts for social change. In 2014, she was the Miqqut Project Coordinator for the Nunavut Literacy Council. She is presently a Child and Youth Outreach Worker with the Government of Nunavut in Qamani'tuaq.

David Serkoak was in born in the northern part of Nueltin Lake, southwest of Arviat, Nunavut. He has worked in many levels in education as a teacher (primary/secondary schools), vice-principal, principal, instructor (Nunavut Arctic College), and as a curator at the British Museum of Mankind in England. He helped to develop Inuktitut teaching materials at all levels (local, regional, and territorial) in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In 2012, he retired from teaching but is still very busy giving workshops on Inuit social history to the Canadian Armed Forces and drum making and drumming to the Inuit youth in three regions in the Arctic: Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.

Dr. Frank Tester is Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia. He is currently working on the Nanivara History Project with Inuit youth and elders in the communities of Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) and Naujaat (Repulse Bay). Using participatory action research, the Nanivara History Project involves elders to better connect Inuit youth to their social history, language and culture. His research in southern countries focuses on human rights including land rights, environmental protection and human security. He is a former chair of the Family Court/Youth Justice Committee, City of Vancouver and a founder of the long-running One World Community Film Festival. A photographer and filmmaker, he is the recipient of the Gustavus Myers Award for his contributions to the study of human rights in North America.

Manitok Thompson was born in Salliq (Coral Harbour), Nunavut. She graduated from the Teacher Education Program in 1977 and taught in several schools in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories as a teacher and as a consultant. In 1994, she was elected as a municipal councilor for Rankin Inlet, and in 1995, she was elected to the Northwest Territories Legislature, holding different cabinet portfolios. She was elected to the Government of Nunavut in 1999 and served as the territory’s first female cabinet minister. After politics she led the Education Act Consultations for the Nunavut Government. Currently, she is describing and cataloging the vast 35-year collection of videos capturing the life of Inuit by the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. This collection is a documentation of Inuit language, culture and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge). In her spare time, she pastors at Larga Baffin hospice in Ottawa, and teaches traditional Inuit skills from her house in Carleton Place.

Deborah Kigjugalik Webster is an independent historian and researcher of Inuit culture, with experience in conducting oral history interviews with Inuit elders. She is originally from Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut, and now lives in Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Carleton University. She specializes in oral history research as well as Arctic archaeology. She has been a senior researcher at Inuit Qaujisarvingat, the Inuit Knowledge Centre at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and is currently writing a history of Inuit special constables in the North. Deborah Kigjugalik Webster has been actively involved with Project Naming for several years.

Sally Kate Webster is a revered elder with a long history of promoting Inuit art and culture. She was born on the land near Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut, and now lives in Ottawa. She attended federal day school in Baker Lake, later serving as a classroom assistant and as a coordinator at the Baker Lake campus of Nunavut Arctic College. She operated Baker Lake Fine Arts and Crafts for several years, promoting local artists. In Ottawa, she was a coordinator at the Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association and is actively involved in the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre.

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