Feature Interview: The legacy of Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak

Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, whose drawings, prints and sculptures have been bought and displayed around the world died at age 85 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. (Mark Lipman/Canadian Press)Canada lost one of its most celebrated artists last week with the passing of Kenojuak Ashevak.

Ashevak died on Tuesday at the age of 85 at her home in the community of Cape Dorset in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.

Her career spanned decades and her iconic works depicting Arctic animals and wildlife came to define a generation of Inuit artists living and working in the North.

To learn more about Ashevak’s life and legacy, I recently spoke with Ashevak’s longtime friend and art dealer Pat Feheley, director of Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto, Ontario.

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying an culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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