Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving

Youth in Nunavut tackling the challenges and opportunities of life in the Arctic (detail). Photo: Michelle Valberg.

20 September 2014–26 October 2014

10am-5pm daily
Megafauna Gallery, Level 3



Canada’s North is a region as vast as it is diverse. Modern conveniences exist alongside thriving traditional cultures in a region that faces both challenges and opportunities. As possibilities emerge to develop the region’s rich natural resources, Canada’s North is poised for an unprecedented economic boom. Careful planning, however, will be necessary to achieve economic and environmental sustainability.

This bilingual exhibition of contemporary photographs of the Canadian Arctic gives a brief glimpse into the lives of Northerners, and offers perspectives on the environment and activities that help shape and influence this vibrant region.

Photographs from Canadian Geographic are paired with a display of Inuit carvings from the South Australian Museum’s collection. The carvings represent hunting and domestic situations in the Canadian Arctic and were collected by Bryan and Margaret Burton in the late 1950s.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a continuous film screening of Kinngait: Riding Light into the World, a Canadian documentary about how the isolated Inuit community of Cape Dorset became the internationally celebrated art capital of the North.

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving is a travelling exhibition of Canadian Geographic photographs developed by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in partnership with the Government of Canada Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. This exhibition is presented by the High Commission of Canada, Canberra.