Ethan Tassiuk is an emerging Inuk filmmaker from Arviat, NU, who graduated from John Arnalukjuak High School in 2017. He is a founding member of the digital and cultural entrepreneurship incubator, and a leader with the Inclusion in Northern Research and Our People, Our Climate projects.
His post-pandemic goals are to resume his Sports and Recreation Management studies at St. Clair College and to continue supporting arts, sports and recreation program design for Inuit youth, aging populations and northern communities.
Tassiuk does many jobs behind the camera, including casting, filming and production editing. Tassiuk has been involved in film since the age of twelve, when he attended his first meeting as one of the co-founders of the Arviat Film Society. He frequently uses his camera to advocate for the health of his community.
Ethan is a long-term volunteer for Global Dignity Canada, having participated in the organization and hosting of Global Dignity Day events since 2012.
Tassiuk also shaped an Arviat Youth Art and Film Group in the summer of 2015, which culminated in a safe-sex PSA-style video series in which he starred. He earned a gold medal for Video Production at the Nunavut Territorial Skills Competition in 2017, and competed at the National Skills competition as part of Team Nunavut.
An interview with Tassiuk, discussing the importance of hope in child development, was featured in TIME Magazine’s The Science of Childhood in September 2017. Later that year, Tassiuk co-authored a paper which was presented at the Pathways to Resilience IV international summit in South Africa. He travelled to Venice, Italy, in 2019 with Isuma TV at the Canada Pavilion during the Venice Biennale.
Volunteering with the Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television to help produce content for our community Television Station which was created with support from Isuma TV and the Digital Indigenous Democracy Project.
In April 2022 he was presented with the prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Rt. Hon. Mary Simon, the first Inuk Governor General of Canada.
Upcoming Arts Exhibitions Projects and Productions
Presenter, Auviqsaqtut Inuit Studies Conference June 2022
Using Arts in support of a Participatory and Inclusive Learning Environments
Qaumajuq and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
This special session will bring together northern and southern youth, community builders, arts-based researchers, cultural creators and educators to share cultural and environmental observations, challenges and insights-based solutions for hands-on digital arts and technologies to tackle cultural and climate change through regenerative artistic creation, cultural entrepreneurship and participatory video training.
Pending COVID-19 restrictions, participants from Tuktoyaktuk, Pond Inlet, Iqaluit, Winnipeg, Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Montreal, Victoria, and Duluth (U.S) will participate in an interactive roundtable discussion to share observations and also opportunities for artistic platforms and digital media to support tangible change. Showing excerpts from ongoing projects in Nunavut, Manitoba, NWT and Alaska, the goal will be to engage in facilitated explorations of best practices related to participatory research and creation, cultural engagement and impact innovation, leading to intersectional systems transformation design.
Duration: 90 min + 3 multimedia installations
Collaborating Youth Artist: Carving out Climate Testimony: 2021 – 2022
Inuit Youth, Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Taking part in a new youth-led arts-based climate monitoring project that works on mental-health and wellness. It is sponsored by the University of Victoria and Newcastle University (UK) to document through youth-authored climate testimonies through art and story; and a series of international youth-led climate public art exhibitions to promote Inuit accounts of climate change.
Presenter: Vox Pops in Northern Inclusion: ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings 2020, 2021
Youth member of the “Inclusion in Northern Research” an arts and research-oriented collective exploring what it means to be included in northern research as viewed through an arts-based lens. Assisted in filming video content for our first video exhibitions for the ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence’s Arctic Change 2020 conference. Presented to 5,700 researchers at Arctic Change; and will be a youth co-host and video editor for the 2021 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings in December 2021 producing content for three international conference sessions and a national town hall session.