Nunavik’s Avataq Cultural Institute plans Dec. 5 fundraiser in Montreal
Event includes auction, entertainment by theatre company, hip hop group and Elisapie
If you’re in or around Montreal on Dec. 5, you’ll want to attend a special fundraising event for Nunavik’s Avataq Cultural Institute.
Avataq’s first fundraising auction and cocktail will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening in a downtown cultural venue — the Glass Court of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Museum.
Items up for sale at the fundraiser, in live and silent auctions, include carvings by well-known Nunavik artists, photographs of the region, paintings, hand-crafted jewelry and traditional clothing, along with Avataq products — which include its award-winning line of Inuit herbal teas — and publications, such as Traditions relating to Education, Pregnancy and Childbirth in Nunavik, recently published by Publications Nunavik, Avataq’s publishing arm.
The event, hosted by Avataq employee and spoken-word sensation, Taqralik Partridge, also includes entertainment.
You’ll see a special performance of an excerpt from “Kautjajuk” by the Nunavik Theatre Company on legend of the ill-treated orphan, which was adapted and written in Inuktitut by Adamie Kalingo of Ivujivik in 2009, as part of the Avataq’s Inuktituurniup Saturtaugasuarninga, or Save our language, project.
All proceeds from the event will go to Avataq, which has been working to preserve culture and language for Nunavik Inuit since 1980.
Although Quebec and Avataq signed a three-year deal last December which gives Avataq $1.2 million over three years. But Avataq has seen other sources of outside funding dry up. That’s led to staff cutbacks and reduced workloads for its employees.
Among Avataq’s recent projects: the archeological excavation this past summer of several sites in Inukjuak and the creation of an eider duck parka by Elisapi Nutaraq and Elisapi Inukpuk of Inukjuak, in collaboration with the community’s Pukik Cultural Committee.
Nutaraq and Inukpuk sewed the black and white parka at the Avataq office in Inukjuak where people were invited to watch them work and to learn from the various steps involved in making the parka, which will now go on display at the Daniel Weetaluktuk museum in Inukjuak.
While Avataq’s head office is located in Inukjuak, its administrative offices are located in Montreal at 360-4150 St. Catherine St. in Westmount and its archives and collections are stored at another location in downtown Montreal.
Tickets to the Dec. 5 fundraiser are $150 and may be purchased at the door or reserved by contacting Avataq at 514-989-9031, extension 250.
If you can’t come to the event, Avataq also welcomes donations.