Montreal and Kangirsuk
Ulivia Uviluk (Olivia Lya Thomassie) is a young woman from Kangirsuk, Nunavik. She is the daughter of an Inuk mother and a father from Trois-Rivières. At the age of 17, she participated in the Aboriginal Youth Forum in Montreal and in beadwork workshops where she learned to master traditional craft techniques. She continued in a self-taught manner, making earrings and other miniature three-dimensional objects. Her beaded Amauti is exhibited at La Guilde for the fifth edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA).
Ulivia also has a particular experience with Wapikoni Mobile. She began by promoting the mandate, values, objectives and outreach of this organization’s activities during awareness workshops held in high schools, festivals and cultural events. She was the local coordinator for Wapikoni Mobile’s stopovers in Montreal in 2017 and in Kangirsuk in 2018. She directed the short film Wearing my culture (http://www.wapikoni.ca/films/je-porte-ma-culture-wearing-my-culture) in 2018 and Not just a MMIW (Not just a missing or murdered Aboriginal woman) in 2019.
For the past two years, she has been working at Avataq Cultural Institute as a program officer with Aumaaggiivik, the Nunavik Arts Secretariat, which aims to support and promote Nunavik artists.