New exhibit at PWNHC demonstrates resiliency through a 21st century pandemic

Yellowknife — December 6, 2021

The travelling exhibit ‘Breathe: Creating resilience through traditional art’ presented by the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) is set to open Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

The exhibit will be on display until April 2022 and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at PWNHC.

The exhibit displays 45 hand-crafted masks by artists from around Canada. The masks share their makers’ unique stories of fear, courage, sadness, hope, love, and healing that unite us all. Each mask was crafted through diverse mediums including beadwork, embroidery, birch bark etching, quill work, quilting, rug hooking, metalwork, and glass fusion, and are records of humanity and resiliency in a 21st century pandemic.

Featured in the exhibit are masks by two Northwest Territories (NWT) artists, Eliza Firth of Inuvik and Taalrumiq/Christina King, originally of Tuktoyaktuk.

Upcoming virtual and in-person programming, artist talks, events and resources will be shared on www.pwnhc.ca.

Visiting the PWNHC during COVID-19

Safety measures and guidelines are in place to comply with COVID-19 public health orders:

  • All visitors over the age of two must wear a mask
  • Visitors over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination
  • The Museum Café closed
  • Restrooms are limited to single person/household use
  • Please practice physical distancing and follow all directional and space maximum signage

For media requests, please contact:

Public Affairs and Communications
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories