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Winnipeg Art Gallery Acquiring Nunavut Artifacts

February 18, 2016 3:38 PM | Entertainment

By Tyler Sutherland

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery will soon be in possession of nearly 8,000 Nunavut artifacts through a loan agreement with the territorial government.

Along with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the WAG has been packing up the artifacts at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

The WAG currently maintains the largest public collection of Inuit art in the world and plans to build an Inuit Art Centre.

“We are very excited about the agreement between Nunavut and Manitoba,” said Alfred Moses, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

“We have held this priceless collection in trust for the Government of Nunavut for many years, which reflects the rich cultural history of the Inuit people.

It’s the first time such a significant group of artifacts are leaving Nunavut from the PWNHC to be transferred to the government’s care.