Inuit and Dene art is popular throughout
the world and serious collectors can often identify
the community the piece was made in - simply from
the style of art. Types of art produced include prints,
carvings, beadwork, wall hangings, cards and jewelry.
When shopping for art, ask where the buying takes
place and how the artist is paid. The Co-op model
ensures the artist received a fair price for their
Many Co-ops were formed in the 60s to produce and
market traditional arts and crafts. In Sanikiluaq,
then known as the Belcher Islands, the Co-op mined
soapstone, distributed it to members, purchased the
finished art and sold it to the world through Canadian
Arctic Producers. In 1970, two families were sent
to live at the camp and mine the soapstone. In one
year, they mined over 130,000 pounds of stone!
Today, we market Inuit and Dene on a retail basis
art marketing is handled by: Canadian
Arctic Producers .