Artist Talk by Inuit Knowledge Holder Madeleine Qumauqtuq  RSVP 
Wednesday 25 October, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. 
In the Art and Media Lab at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 
390 King Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 2X4, Canada

Madeleine Qumauqtuq, from Panniqtuuq, Nunavut, was elected the first Chair of the Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council in 1999 and voted Nunavut Woman of the Year in 2011. As a traditional knowledge holder and Inuktitut language interpreter, her vision, wisdom, and expertise have played a vital role in shaping the many Inuit organizations she has helped establish and worked with for over 30 years. Madeleine has been recognized widely for her tireless advocacy for Inuit women and her efforts to share and strengthen Inuit Traditional Knowledge - Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ). She has advanced women's leadership in Nunavut, working towards intimate violence prevention, wellness, poverty reduction and affordable housing. 

As part of the Art and Waste in Panniqtuuq exhibition, Madeleine will talk about how settler colonialism has affected all aspects of Inuit life through a broadly defined concept of waste. She will begin by demonstrating the lighting of a qulliq (oil lamp) while explaining its significance. Madeleine will recount her own experiences and insights, including predictions of changes that were coming as seen through her great-grandmother's eyes. 

An open discussion with Madeleine will follow, who will be joined by some of the other artists in the exhibition.

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This program was made possible by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada  and the Provost's Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts, The Faculty of Arts and Science Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDI-I) Fund, and the Principal's Initiatives Fund at Queen’s University.

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