The Inuit Art Foundation is the keeper of a rich and deep archive of Inuit creative production. For over thirty years, the IAF has collected slides, photographs, interviews and artist files that record many unique aspects of modern Inuit art history.

In 2019, the IAF received grants from the National Heritage Digitization Strategy and Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program to digitize over 22,000 photographic records, comprised of 35mm slides, negatives, transparencies and prints that were formerly in the collection of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND); now Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).

The photographic records, which depict a wide variety of artwork, artist portraits and community photographs, are presented below in a series of Finding Aids organized by community. The Inuit Art Foundation is not the owner of the objects depicted in the photographic material, and the collections where the works are currently held remains a rich area of future study.

The Finding Aids are intended to provide public access and include records that are partially processed. The information included herein is based off of original documentation from DIAND and though efforts have been made to ensure its accuracy, we acknowledge that some information may be incomplete. Please contact the Inuit Art Foundation to verify the information. Records from the Inuit Art Foundation’s archival holdings may not be published, exhibited or broadcast without the written permission of, and proper credit to, the Inuit Art Foundation.

Finding Aids


National Heritage Digitization Strategy

This project was realized as part of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy of Canada thanks to the generous support of a private donor.

Ce projet a été réalisé dans le cadre de La Stratégie de numérisation du patrimoine documentaire du Canada grâce à un don généreux d’un donateur privé.

Funded by the Government of Canada

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

This project has been made possible by Library and Archives Canada

We also acknowledge the valuable work of Joanna McMann, Kasey Ball, Ashley Cook, Magdalen Lau, Aaron Cain, Brenna Middleton, Shamila Karunakaran, Serena Ypelaar and Madeleine Bognar, who digitized and processed archival material as part of this project. We also thank Jessica Kotierk, who is an advisor on the Inuit Art Foundation Archives and digitization projects.