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Migratory Passages Serves to Highlight NWT Arts Week/Culture Days

Museum Alive! Open House

(Wednesday, September 15, 2010) “Migratory Passages ~ Passages Migratoires” – a bilingual exhibition featuring aboriginal art and design from northern Quebec will open this weekend at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

The public and media are invited to attend the exhibition opening and reception on Friday, September 17th at 7:00 pm.The exhibit, presented in part by the NWT Arts Council and on display until November 30th, includes stunning handcrafted objects combining traditional aboriginal craftsmanship skills with contemporary design.

Produced by the Chicoutimi-based art organization, La Boite Rouge Vif, the exhibit portrays the creative works of 23 Aboriginal artists from three aboriginal Québec communities: Odanak, Mashteuiatsh, and Uashat mak Mani-Utenam.

It shares results of a six year project (2003-2009) with First Nations and academic researchers, and stimulates creativity through networking and exchange. Artists and francophone academics involved with the exhibition are also participating in a community feast and an exchange with NWT artists and students at K’alemi Dene School in N’Dilo.

“Our territory has a rich cultural history that we need to continue exploring and celebrating says Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty.

“Supporting exhibits like this, which promote the sharing of traditional knowledge though the arts; helps to raise awareness to the important role our heritage plays in our lives as Northerners.

In conjunction with the Aurora Arts Society Arts Week events, Migratory Passages artists from Quebec will join regional NWT artists in public demonstrations on Saturday, September 18th from 10:30 am through 12:00 pm at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

The opening of “Migratory Passages” is also part of Culture Days, a national event that raises awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days includes free events celebrating and exploring arts and culture in every province and territory in Canada.

Public access to the events is also made available via webcasting on the internet. Please see www.pwnhc.ca for updates.

For more information about the Migratory Passages Exhibition and events, contact:

Ashley Green
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-3059
Email: ashley_green@gov.nt.ca