Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic is the result of a collaboration between the Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The title, “Our Land,” is the translation of the Inuktitut word "Nunavut". Called "stunning" by The Boston Globe, the exhibit was displayed at the Peabody Essex in 2004-2005 to honour the 1999 creation of Nunavut.
After the establishment of Nunavut, the collections of art, archives, and artifacts from the Northwest Territories (NWT) were assessed, and ownership of the material from the eastern Arctic was transferred to the new territory of Nunavut. However, much of the collection continued to be stored in the NWT at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. In February 2016, the WAG concluded a loan agreement with the GN that put in motion the transfer of approximately 7,500 works from the Heritage Centre and other locations to the WAG.
Our Land is one of the first opportunities in many years to view this outstanding selection of sculptures, prints, textiles, and new media.