Experience films and music by Indigenous artists from northern cultures.
*UPDATE - This event will now take place online only.
Films will be available on the Festival website through the purchase of a ticket. Musical performances and other programming will be live-streamed on the Festival’s social media and/or released on the Festival website.
The word Unikkaatuarniq is an Inuktitut word that means "Storytelling". Storytelling is an ancient form of magic, with the power to connect the past with the present, teach lessons, impart values, heal, to explain the world and connect us to the universe through language and mythology. The stories, films, and music in this program, come from Indigenous peoples from the circumpolar north — such as the the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, the Sami of northern Scandinavia, and the Sakha of Russia — peoples that have thrived in the Arctic regions of the world for thousands of years, enduring the changing seasons of dark and light, of colonialism, and of climate change. Although these cultures live thousands of kilometres away from each other, they share a common history of resilience in their language, culture and magic through storytelling.
This event is being held in partnership with Winterlude, and the City of Ottawa. A big thank you to our funders, the Canada Council for the Arts and Heritage Canada. We would like to acknowledge that this event is taking place on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Nation.
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