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Historical photo of a row of children in winter behind the wall of an igloo, one sees only their heads and they all wear hoods. One of them winks at the camera.


Sugluk children on top of the bank around an igloo, February, 1954. Hudson's Bay Company Archive (HBCA 1987/363-S-61/4)

Through the Eyes of Children

Here is a gallery of children’s artwork, in which creative gesture takes the place of words and imagination is given free rein. Some of these pictures are part of a project entitled “Where I want to be in ten years,” which encouraged children to communicate their dreams for the future.

Collective children's drawing illustrating a world map with annotated continents and boats representing years of ocean crossings. Human steps are drawn all around it.

Inuit around the World 
Collective project

Collective children's drawing illustrating the Earth about to be struck by a huge meteorite, as well as the point of impact on the territory of Nunavik.

A meteorite's impact (Pingualuit) 
Collective project

Collective children drawing illustrating the earth from the circumpolar north perspective. One can see the continents as well as footsteps drawing a circle around the planet.

Circumpolar map 
Collective project

Collective children's drawing illustrating an elder woman.

Portrait of Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk 
Collective project

Collective children's drawing illustrating a smiling man wearing a hooded parka.

Portrait of Masia Ningiaravik 
Collective project

Children's gouache representing a sunny Nordic landscape, with a lake surrounded by mountains.

Putulik Ilimasaut 

Child drawing representing a human-shaped inuksuk with a stream, mountains and a setting sun in the background.

Janice Grey 

Children's gouache representing a fisherman on the ice with, under the surface, a black fish.

Tommy Qisiiq

Child's collage illustrating a white igloo on a black background, with an aurora borealis made up of colored cardboard shapes.

Tommy Qisiiq

A child's drawing depicting several aspects of life in Nunavik, including family expeditions on the tundra, hunting, kayaking, and a fantastic creature with a raptor head.

Flag project 
Léo Ilimasaut 

Child drawing illustrating a school bus driver parked in front of a school.

"I want to be a bus driver."
Putulik I. 

Child's drawing illustrating a scientist dressed in a lab coat and handling specimens and a laboratory burner.

"I want to be a scientist."

A child's drawing illustrating the text of the title, describing the young person's desires such as a mining truck, a snowmobile, a young woman, the Island of Montreal and the Montreal Canadiens logo.

"I would want to work at the Raglan mine. I don't know how many children I will have. I would like to live in Montreal because they [Montreal Canadians] are my [favorite] team. I would like to go study in the South. I'd also like to teach culture."
Arnaituk Qisiiq

Child drawing illustrating a fire truck in front of a building with a mountain range and an inuksuk in the background.

"I'd like to be a worker, like an emergency firefighter. I'd like to have two children. I'd like to live in Montreal. I'd like to finish my secondary school and go to Montreal to study."
Mingu Alaku

Children's drawing illustrating two inuksuks and describing the child's desire to be an artist.

"I want to be an artist."
Attasie Arnaituk

Child's drawing illustrating a truck from the Nunavik Co-op, near a stream surrounded by mountains in the background.

"I want to be a COOP officer."
unidentified student

Child's drawing illustrating a northern village with a road network on which trucks are driven. Behind one can see mountains with two inuksuks.

Paulsie, J.I.

Child's drawing illustrating a hunting camp scene and snowmobile, with a house, two inuksuks and a plane in the sky.


Child's drawing illustrating an artist sitting in front of an easel painting a motorized boat.

"In 10 years I want to be an artist." 
Mark Adams

Set of pendants made by children, in resin, and ornamented with motifs such as an igloo, a heart and an inuksuk.

Jewelry created by the children.
Collective project

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