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PÅFYLL: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit - Art, Architecture and Traditional knowledge

Tid: 19.04.23 Kl. 16.00
Sted: NOUA, Bodø

The Canadian architects in Evoq architecture will present their work while they are visiting Bodø. They are visiting during High North Dialogue to open an exhibition on the topic of Inuit traditional knowledge and how to implement this in today's art and architecture.

The arctic context in which they operate draw many similarities to Northern Norway with regards to climate, indigenous people, and the nature. After their presentation there will be an opportunity to discuss.

The event is free to join, please sign up here
Limited places!

16:00 Doors open
17:00 Welcome by Dan from NOUA
17:05 Presentation by Alain from EVOQ architects
17:50 Questions
18:00 Mingling (the bar is open)
19:30 Have a good evening


The project shows the relationship between contemporary Inuit art and western science, and features a specific Canadian example of traditional knowledge in action. The IQ Exhibition shows how an Inuit community and Inuit artists came together to tell their story through art and architecture. The international traveling exhibit aims to give Inuit artists the visibility they deserve, that has been long in coming. By introducing Inuit culture and communities to the world, while demonstrating how art is a powerful empowerment and reconciliation tool in Canada, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the CHARS as a model of a holistic approach integrating art and science. The exhibition is also an opportunity to emphasize Canada's sustainable presence in the Arctic.

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) was built in Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut, as part of Canada’s Northern Strategy. The facility is a world-class Arctic research station, demonstrating state-of-the-art design excellence that serves as a model for similar polar facilities around the world.

The CHARS brings science and technology and traditional Inuit knowledge together under one roof. The architecture of the station reflects and makes possible this new paradigm.

The expression Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is crucial because:

At the suggestion of the community of Ikaluktutiak, the CHARS was designed using the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles; IQ literally translates as “What has always been known by Inuit”. This holistic set of principles represents the worldview of the Nunavut Inuit. The IQ principles along with unwavering community engagement in the dialogue process allowed for a truly meaningful visioning exercise. This weighed heavily on the design of the Station, leading to the translation of IQ into architectural design principles The CHARS stands as an example to follow, when working with Indigenous communities.

There will be good discussions and social mingling. The bar is open.


Stormen Library is hosting the exhibition: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Art, Architecture and Traditional Knowledge Exhibition. The vernissage will be held at Stormen Library on the 18th of April at 18:00 in Literatursalen. Read more about the exhibition here.

This event is a part of side events in High North Dialogue 2023.


NODA – Northern Norway´s design and architecture centre is a project-based membership organisation. We show how design and architecture can be beneficial to society through various activities. Such as this one: påfyll. Påfyll means replenishment and we aim to provide both professional and social replenishment. Questions? Or ideas for future events?

In collaboration with Evoq Architects, The Canadian Embassy, Arctic Frontiers and NOUA.

Event is kindly supported by Nord-Norges Arkitektforening (NAF) and is a part of a series of lectures. More info here.

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