Kananginak Pootoogook, one of Canada’s pioneering Inuit artists, died in an Ottawa hospital Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 75.
“It’s a sad, sad day,” said Bob Selley, an Inuit art appraiser at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. “We’ve lost one of our great, first generation Inuit artists. We’re just so, so fortunate that his work will live on.”
View this photo gallery retrospective of Kananginak Pootoogook’s work.
Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.
Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.