150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada
This exhibition of Canadian Inuit art was mounted as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.
The name ‘Canada’ derives from the First Nations word kanata, meaning settlement. The territory has been inhabited by indigenous people, including the Inuit, for thousands of years. French and British trappers and merchants explored and colonised the land from the 15th and 16th centuries onwards, followed later by missionaries and other colonists. In 1867, four British colonies formed the original Dominion of Canada, which in time has grown to encompass ten provinces and three territories. Canada patriated its constitution in 1982, gaining formal independence from Great Britain.
This exhibition was made possible by a financial contribution by, and in close collaboration with, the Canadian Embassy in the Netherlands. The exhibition draws on two collections to introduce visitors to Inuit art from Nunavut.