Tony Eetak

Tony Eetak, Nunavut Artist
TONY EETAK
Arviat, Nunavut

Tony Eetak is an emerging youth artist and culture connector who enjoys music (acoustic guitar) from Arviat, Nunavut. This is his first project supported by strategic innovation funding from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse Program.

With a growing interest in photography and visual arts, Tony has been a dedicated volunteer for arts events in his community for more than five years with organizations and projects including the Arviat Film Society, Global Dignity Canada, Inclusion in Northern Research and Our People, Our Climate.

In 2021 he completed his first Creativity for Entrepreneurship online course through University of Minnesota Duluth continuing education and with support from the UMD Cultural Entrepreneurship program.

Tony is a member of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and enjoys spending time at Qaumajuq connecting with artists, researchers and entrepreneurs from across Canada, the United States and beyond. In June 2022 Tony will be exhibiting some of his creative photography and experiences for the Auviqsaqtut Inuit Studies Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the Our People, Our Climate project.

Projects:

Using Arts in support of a Participatory and Inclusive Learning Environments (June 2022)

Planning for Auviqsaqtut Inuit Studies Conference at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq.

This proposed project 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 training and participatory video training. 

Our People, Our Climate
This project will create a reusable and replicable curriculum for a synchronous 8-week online course on the visualization of climate change in Arctic, mid-latitude as well as tropical locations, namely Canada (Nunavut), Honduras, Colombia and the United States (Duluth, MN). The program is planned for September/October 2021. Local partner organizations include West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative (Toronto and Kinngait, Canada) and GRULAC Junior (The Latin American and Caribbean Regional Youth Group).

The photography/videography components of this class have been piloted and tested over the course of three years with Canadian youth as a part of a 2018-2021 National Science Foundation grant (Award #1758814), and the purpose of this project is to extend the original Arctic focus of climate change visualization work across hemispheres.

Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television

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.

Food is Belonging Global Dignity Canada and TakingITGlobal for Global Dignity Day 2015

Supporting the organization of Arviat’s first Food is Belonging event in Arviat which saw youth organize recreational arts  activities and a feast for more than 40 participants. The event, which highlighted dignity, belonging and resilience included a  number of structured activities for children, youth and Elders, including beading bracelets, painting, colouring and showcasing  each other’s artistic talents.