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Humber Galleries

Education and Media Guides after each of our ongoing exhibitions!

About & Topics

Channel 51: Igloolik was an exhibition presented across Humber Galleries' two locations celebrating 30 years of industry-changing video production coming out of Igloolik, a remote community of 1600 people in Nunavut. The exhibit challenges stereotypes about ways of life in the North. Guest curated by Asinnajaq, Channel 51: Igloolik brings together a reading room and mediathèque with titles from Arnait Video Production and Isuma Video Collective dating back to 1988; and film paraphernalia, artwork, historical objects from Isuma's own collection, and the making of the internationally renowned film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.

Exhibit Topics:


  • Inuit Media
  • Indigenous Resurgence
  • Hunting & Food Sovereignty
  • Suicide
  • Colonization & Missionization
  • Climate Change
  • Resource Extraction
  • Contemporary Inuit Culture 

Images - Channel 51: Igloolik

Susan Avingaq, Marie-Helene Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu, Mary Kunuk, Mary Qualitaluk
Unakuluk (Dear Little One), 2003.

Natar Ungalaq ​
Shaman Spirit
Green Cape Dorset stone, marble, raven claw, walrus whiskers

Zacharias Kunuk
Green Cape Dorset stone

View of Atanarjuat screening room at North Space

Polaroids depicting scenes from the filming of Atanarjuat, on display at North Space

Rubber feet used as props in the filming of Atanarjuat, on display at North Space

Channel 51: Igloolik Chill Zone reading room at L Space

Channel 51: Igloolik Chill Zone film screening area showing the blanket from Unakuluk (Dear Little One), L Space

Education Guide

An Education guide is a document compiled for each exhibit that includes information on the exhibit, curator, artist(s), art work and its meaning, topics, readings & articles, and resources.

These guides are helpful and are used by both faculty and students as they provide valuable information in a concise form. 



NOTE: A large number of the further readings and the resources in each guide are sources gathered from Humber Library and can be found there. 

Humber Library Resources

Other Resources



Robinson, Gillian. Isuma Inuit Studies Reader. Isuma Publishing, 2004.


Karetak, Joe;Tester, Frank and Tagalik, Shirley, ed. ​Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: What Inuit Have Always Known to Be True.​ Black Point: Fernwood Publishing, 2017


Flynn, Rosa. ​Exploring Inuit Culture Curriculum. M​ontreal: Isuma Distribution International Inc., 2006.


Richardson, Boyce. Drum Beat: Anger and Renewal in Indian Country. Summerhill Press, 1989.


The following are links to various articles & videos relating to the theme of this exhibit.

Film List

  • Qaggiq (Gathering Place), 1988, 00:55:00: Isuma’s first recreated fiction. In winter 1930s, four families celebrate the coming of spring.

  • Nunaqpa (Going Inland), 1991, 00:58:00: In summer 1930s, families hunt summer-fat caribou for the hard winter ahead.
  • Saputi (Fish Traps), 1993, 00:30:00: As summer ends three families build a saputi to trap fish.

  • Nunavut (Our Land) Series, 1995: 13 part dramatic television series follows the lives of five fictional families living on the land in the Igloolik region in 1945.

  • Nanugiurutiga (My First Polar Bear), 2000, 00:48:00: An 11-year old is taught to catch his first bear by his grandfather.

  • ** Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, 2001, 2:41:00: Winner of 2001 Camera d’Or at Cannes, Atanarjuat is an ancient legend from the Igloolik region and an epic story of jealousy, murder, and love.

  • Anaana, 2001, 00:52:00: Vivi Kunuk–mother of Zacharias Kunuk–recounts her life story, which contains the experiences of Inuit people in the last 70 years.

  • Artcirq, 2001, 00:50:00: Story of Igloolik’s Artcirq Inuit youth circus, growing out of a desire to use circus and art to celebrate life and reject suicide.

  • Arviq! (Bowhead!), 2002, 00:52:00: In 1994, fulfilling the dying wish of a respected Elder, Igloolik hunters spark controversy when they illegally catch a Bowhead whale.

  • Kunuk Family Reunion, 2003, 00:48:00: Zacharias Kunuk’s family gathers at their traditional home camp. Stories are shared as the family honors the ancestors who came before them.

  • Angakkuiit (Shaman Stories), 2003, 00:48:00: Inuit memories and experiences of shamanism in the Igloolik region.

  • ** The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, 2006, 01:53:00: The great shaman Avva and his family return to their home community of Igloolik, that lately has taken up the teachings of Christian missionaries.

  • Issaittuq (Waterproof), 2007, 00:45:00: After a violent incident a young man is sent to an outpost camp, where a hunter is waiting for him.

  • Maana (Now), 2007, 00:05:00: A young Inuk becomes aware of the impacts of global warming on his community.

  • 407, 2007, 00:09:00: Short film highlights the importance, in a small Arctic community, of saying “hello.”

  • Exile, 2008, 00:42:00: With devastating first-person accounts of survival, Exile tackles the subject of the 1953 High Arctic Relocation from an Inuit point of view.

  • Inuit Piqutingit (What Belongs to Inuit), 2009, 00:49:00: A group of Nunavut elders travel to five museums to identify tools and clothing collected from their ancestors.

  • Tungijuq (What We Eat), 2009, 00:07:23: Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq talks back to the anti-seal hunting lobby on the eternal reality of hunting.

  • Qapirangajuq (Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change), 00:54:00: Elders and hunters discuss the social and ecological impacts of global warming from an Inuit point of view.

  • Unikaat Sivunittinnit (Messages from the Past), 2012, 00:60:00: Shot in 1992, elders tell stories about their family’s ajaja songs before recording them in an Igloolik studio. Inuktitut: no subtitles.

  • Inuit Cree Reconciliation, 2013, 00:46:00: Zacharias Kunuk and Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond explore the impacts of an 18th century conflict between Inuit and Cree in Northern Quebec.

  • Attatama Nunanga (My Father’s Land), 2014, 02:43:00: Mixing scenes from past and present, this film explores the relationship between Inuit history on the land and modern resource development on Baffin Island.

  • Angirattut (Coming Home), 2014, 01:25:00: After being relocated five decades ago, a group of elders return to Siugarjuk and embrace the restorative power of their homeland to heal personal loss. Inuktitut: no subtitles.

  • ** Maliglutit (Searchers), 2016, 01:34:00: Nunavut, circa 1913. Kuanana returns from caribou hunting with his son to find his wife and daughter kidnapped. With the guidance of his father’s spirit helper, he sets off to reunite his family.

  • Nipi (Voice), 1999, 00:51:00: Inuit leaders and elders talk about leadership in the old way of life and in the new.


As of October 24, 2018, the (**) film titles are not on the site. 

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner & The Journals of Knud Rasmussen can be found at Humber Library.

Follow the links provided below.


  • Attagutaaluk (Starvation), 1992, 00:23:00: Story of Attagutaaluk, a woman who survived starvation and became an honored resident of Igloolik.

  • Qulliq (Oil Lamp), 1993, 00:10:00: The story, through word and song, of the seal oil lamp: the essential source of light and warmth.

  • Piujuk and Agutautuq, 1994, 00:26:00: Portrait of two Igloolik women as they engage in community events.

  • Unikausiq (Stories), 1996, 00:06:00: Though computer animation, Mary Kunuk explores stories and songs recalled from her childhood.

  • Aqtuqsi (My Nightmare), 1996, 00:06:00: Aqtuqsi is a paralyzing from which one must wake up.

  • Ningiura (My Grandmother), 2000, 00:29:00: An elder and he granddaughter become closer after a family tragedy.

  • Unakuluk (Dear Little One), 2005, 00:46:00: Documentary on the common practice of adoption in Inuit culture.

  • Before Tomorrow, 2008, 01:33:00: Arnait Video Productions’ first feature film a grandmother and her grandson are challenged to survive on their own when their family is killed by smallpox in the 1840s.

  • Charlie Pisuk, 2011, 00:17:00: Charlie Pisuk is your uncle, cousin, brother-in-law. What do you have to say about him? Someone is listening.

  • Show Me On The Map (pt.1 & 2), 2011, 00:58:00: Two part series on mining impacts in the north focusing on the Igloolik region and uranium mining in central Nunavut.

  • SOL, 2014, 01:16:00: Examines the underlying issues of youth suicide in Canada’s North while investigating the death of Solomon Tapatia Uyarasuk, a charismatic young artist who died in police custody in Igloolik.