The Inuit-owned and run Uqqurmiut Centre in Pangnirtung was built in 1991 to house the weave shop and the print shop, with a small gift shop providing a link between the two. Both buildings house activities that reflect strong Inuit artistic creativeness of a high standard. The weave shop is one of only two places in Nunavut that produces tapestries woven on a commercial basis (Baker Lake is the other) while the print shop is one of three in the territory producing prints for the commercial market. Both offer Inuit the opportunity to continue to illustrate their traditions, to tell their stories and to preserve their culture while providing employment in the community.
The images in this article are from Nick Newbery’s historical Arctic photo collection, which can be found at www.newberyphotoarchives.ca.