Katherine Takpannie


Born 1989, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

As a young Inuk, I grew up with intergenerational trauma, in poverty, around addictions, mental health crises and in and out of foster care. I left home at 13 and I never graduated high school. However, I am a very proud alumni of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program. My life turned around completely after reclaiming my culture, and I graduated with a 3.95 GPA. The program focuses on the Nunavut Agreement and its implementation, Political Science, Research, Inuit-Government Relations, Contemporary Issues, Inuit history, and Inuktitut. Not only did I learn so much, I was able to be a cultural ambassador: sharing my Inuit culture from the Governor General's Winter Celebration to the Oslo Opera House in Norway. From the National Arts Centre to Hui Malama O Ke Kai in Oahu, I have honoured and celebrated Inuit excellence. Inuuqatigiitsiarni in Inuktut means “respecting others, relationships and caring for people.” I want to reflect that Inuit societal value. I want to achieve a worthwhile career creating art that’s also purposeful, captivating and shares who I am. Photography has been my way to contribute meaningful art to our Canadian society. I believe that teaching about my Inuit culture will help people understand our past and present, as well as giving resources to help shape the future with Indigenous people in Canada.

“Our Women and Girls are Sacred,” 2016. We must examine the underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes that contribute to the ongoing violence and particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit in Canada. The number of #MMIWG2S are disproportionately high. Image courtesy of the artist and Olga Korper Gallery.