A Series of Artworks Created by Students at Iguarsivik School Wins a Distinction in the Essor Recognition Awards

2024 | 03 | 25
News Release

Montréal (Quebec) March 25, 2024 – We are very proud to announce that the series of artworks entitled Tarratuutiq I Taima, created by 25 students from the Iguarsivik School in Puvirnituq, has won an Initiative Prize, a distinction of the Essor Recognition Awards. These prizes are awarded jointly each year by the ministère de l’Éducation and the ministère de la Culture et des Communications. They recognise the initiatives and dynamism of educational and cultural communities in different regions of Quebec.

Tarratuutiq I Taima was initiated and piloted by teacher and educational consultant Nathalie Claude, in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Students from Iguarsivik school present a reinterpretation of selected works from the MNBAQ’s collections. Under the guidance of Nathalie Claude, a creative process based on exchange and trust led the students to reflect on modernity and the climate change issues that affect their community on a daily basis.

Exhibited in Puvirnituq in the spring of 2023, these works are now on display at the MNBAQ until June 2, 2024, as part of the exhibition entitled Tarratuutiq | Taima: Artistic and climate insights in Nunavik. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq is also planning to present these works in Nunavik.


This Essor award is important for Kativik Ilisarniliriniq. The works produced by the students at Iguarsivik School are very compelling. They carry a strong message that will resonate far beyond Nunavik. I would like to congratulate these young Nunavimmiut on their commitment. I would also like to stress that, without the expertise of a passionate teacher like Nathalie Claude and the invaluable collaboration of the MNBAQ, the voices of these students and the message they wish to convey could not have been amplified as they are today. I thank all those who have made it possible for these works to be produced, and for their impact to be felt.

Sarah Aloupa, President

About us:

Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the school board of Nunavik, was created in 1975, under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA). Since 1978, it has been the exclusive provider of educational services to all Nunavik residents. Under the JBNQA, the school board also acts as an institution with unique powers and jurisdiction geared towards the protection and development of the Inuit language, culture, and way of life, through the delivery of tailored educational services and programs. The education programs developed by the school board are offered in all schools of the 14 Nunavik communities, in Inuktitut as first language and in French and English as second languages. The school board operates 18 primary and secondary schools as well as 6 adult education centres. For more information, visit

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