Saturday, August 12
1500, Rue Balmoral, Montréal, Québec, H3A 2H7.
Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit : Introduction to inuit culture with Sarah Carrière
When Nunavut was preparing to become a territory, one of the most important things to establish were the core values that were to guide the creation of Nunavut. Those core values were determined by Inuit elders from across the territory, based on values that were at the centre of camps, families, settlements. These values would be condensed and called the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge) guiding principles. These principles form a good starting point to talk about Inuit culture from when we were a nomadic people to today.
Sarah was born in Kinngait, known worldwide for its Inuit art. Born from a Quebecois father and an Inuk mother, she was raised in two cultural worlds. She lived in Nunavut, Québec, Ontario and Saskatchewan. She now lives in Montreal since March 2017 after having backpacked around the world for two years. She speaks Inuktitut, French, English and Spanish. Sarah does katajjaq (Inuit throat singing), is a seamstress, and is heavily involved in the urban Indigenous community, having worked in the community organization sector since settling down in Montreal. She worked a lot with the community at risk of or experiencing homelessness. She is currently self-employed which allows her to concentrate on art. Her dream is to open an Inuit artistic centre where urban Inuit can create all year long, especially a well-ventilated stone carving room, and exhibit their art.