After the establishment of Nunavut, the collections of art, archives, and artifacts from the Northwest Territories (NWT) were assessed, and ownership of the material from the eastern Arctic was transferred to the new territory of Nunavut. Much of the collection continued to be stored in the NWT at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. In February 2016, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) concluded a loan agreement with the Government of Nunavut (GN) that put in motion the transfer of approximately 7,500 works from the Heritage Centre and other locations to the WAG.
Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic is the result of a collaboration between the GN and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The exhibit, which has been travelling the US circuit for the last few years, began its Canadian tour in Winnipeg in October. It has been expanded by the WAG to include an even wider selection of sculptures, prints, artifacts, photographs, films, and textiles. The new exhibit will be at the WAG until April 2017. Visit wag.ca.