In recognition of his significant contributions to the art of cartooning in Canada and on the heels of his first solo retrospective, the late graphic artist, writer, editor and illustrator Alootook Ipellie will be inducted into the Giants of the North: Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame in May 2019.
Alberta-based Inuvialuk artist Kablusiak has been named to the 2019 Sobey Award longlist, Canada’s most prestigious award for young artists. They are the first Inuvialuk artist nominated for the prize and are included as part of the Prairies & North catchment.
Renowned Iglulik-based sculptor Bart Hanna Kappianaq unveiled a high relief, sculptural tympanum titled Sedna with Friends (2019), featuring the central figure of Sedna surrounded by a walrus, whale and narwhal on the rippling Arctic waters, at the Canadian Parliament Complex in Ottawa, ON coinciding with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Nunavut.
Inuit musicians Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser, PIQSIQ, Iva and more have boycotted the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns of cultural appropriation in the work of Edmonton-based nominee Cikwes, who incorporates throat singing within her work.