The photo above was taken in Quaqtaq, a small community on the Ungava coast in Nunavik, Northern Quebec. The young girl is my friend's daughter and we were all headed out on the land to enjoy the warm day. It was a beautiful afternoon in May and a perfect day to be out on the land.

Our Canada is a land of people from many different nations, tribes and tongues. The lyrics of our national anthem aptly portrays our enthusiasm and pride in our dear country.  The first peoples of Canada: First nations, Inuit and Metis, through many centuries have established cultures and traditions that for us at Northern Expressions forms a fundamental basis for that pride. Their visual art especially, is a proud testament of the depths of talent, inspiration, skill and quality that is Canada's.

Since the 1950's the awareness and appreciation for Canadian aboriginal art has grown. Northern expressions is proud of Canada's aboriginal heritage and achievements through art and we want you, our visitors and customers to enjoy our pride. 

This is a new journey for us and as Shakespeare said, "...the eyes sees not itself but by reflection...." You are invited to send your comments and feedback as we walk this road together.

Thanks a lot!


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Happy Holidays from Northern Expressions!

The weather is getting cooler, and many of us are thinking about the end of the year, as well as the list of things to do before then!  All three locations of Northern Expressions (Toronto, Ottawa, and Jordan Village) are ready to help you find something for every person and budget on your holiday gift list. Visit us in person or online to see what’s in store.

Bears, bears, and more bears at Northern Expressions in Jordan Village!

Polar Bears are on Parade!

The Jordan Village Staff are in love with their white marble Polar Bear Parade! These stunning bears were all hand crafted from beautiful white marble in Nunavut, and each one has their own character and personality. How wonderful would it be to open one of these stunning bears on Christmas morning!
Find these bears and more here!
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Shaman Fishing by Uriash Puqiqnak, brand new to Northern Expressions in Ottawa

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With its exaggerated gesture, grotesque mask-like face and inset pegged teeth, Shaman Fishing demonstrates the distinct features of the Gjoa Haven sculptural tradition. The squat form conveys a feeling of playful ferocity. Gouged directional lines along the figure’s coat reveal a lighter-toned rough stone surface, and this adds a sense of vigorous energy to the body. The creator of this work is Uriash Puqiqnak (1946- ), a well-known stone carver in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, who was among the early group of artists who contributed to the distinct Gjoa Haven style. His son Wayne carries on the carving tradition, also making beautiful stone sculptures.

In addition to being an artist, Uriash is a renowned political figure. He was mayor of Gjoa Haven and, in 1999, became one of the first elected Members of the Legislative Assembly of the newly formed territory of Nunavut. He was instrumental in the development of programs to promote Inuit art and protect the industry from counterfeits. Uriash was initiated as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005 in recognition of service to his community.
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If you're around Parry Sound from December 7th to 9th, the Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytellers Festival with be taking place! Presented by ReZ’91 Radio and MUSKRAT Magazine, and building on over three decades of combined diverse successful arts programming presentation, the Gchi Dewin Collective has come together to present the annual Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytelling Festival with the goal to generate awareness and build audiences for the rich Indigenous storytelling traditions. Gchi Dewin means “Big Heart” in the Anishinabe language, and storytellers are individuals with ‘big hearts’ because they listen, hold, and share traditional knowledge with the community.

Indigenous art and culture in Ontario- and indeed the world- is founded in its oral storytelling traditions. The Collective recognizes that Indigenous identity is rooted in the land and that their stories convey their entire local histories and worldview. The Festival explores innovative ways of interpreting oral literature, history, language significance and Indigenous culture through storytelling presentation in traditional, on-line, and broadcast formats which contributes to building cultural awareness on local, national, and international levels.

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From everyone at Northern Expressions, have a very Happy Holidays!

Roll Out The Barrels: Jordan Village Pours on the Christmas Spirit

For release: Nov. 5, 2017
Jordan Village, ON – There is a proverbial buzz as Jordan Village ‘Decks the Halls’, but the best is yet to come. Christmas in the Village is an annual retail celebration and this year it takes place November 24, 25, 26th. This season we are adding style, flair and a flash mob of Santas.
We invite you Friday, November 24th at 6:00PM for a tree lighting ceremony unlike any other. Dust off those Santa hats as the village endeavours to create the largest group selfie of Santas. Gather around the tree and become part of the flash mob singing Oh, Christmas Tree in celebration. Join us for warm cocoa and cider until 8: 00PM. If you don't have a Santa Hat you can purchase one for $5 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Community Care.
The tree is the talk of the Village! How so? Well, what do you get when you lock a bunch of winemakers, retailers and event planners in a room and ask them to come up with “something very special” for their Christmas celebrations? The group has re-created the 2016 Jordan Village Wine Barrel Christmas Tree.
As Jordan Village is the home of Cave Spring Cellars, it only made sense to go with a vintage vintner’s theme. What better way than to use old oak wine barrels, stacked to form the shape of a tree? But, how do you top something like that? How about a 100-year-old antique grape press, pulled out of retirement! Once the base assembly was completed, it was handed over to a small team of very talented decorators who adorned the tree with greenery, lights, and decorations, creating something very unique and festive.
On Saturday and Sunday, the village will be a bustle with fashion excitement. Be sure to visit the stylish shops filled with wonderful gift ideas for your Naughty & Nice list. Shopping deals and treats throughout the weekend. In the spirit of holiday giving, each store will also be collecting donations for Community Care of West Niagara.
For more information about the, contact the Twenty Valley Tourism Association at 905-562-3636, or go to: http://www.twentyvalley.com/
Photo credit: Kenneth Lane Smith
Shared from Jordan Village Facebook Page
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Welcome to our first newsletter!

Northern Expressions is fully committed to promoting Canadian art with our policy to only procure and merchandize aboriginal art made in Canada. Our promise is to deliver outstanding service that allows our customers to experience true Canadian aboriginal inspiration!

Tiguaq (Adopted) by Ningiukulu Teevee

The 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection

Since 1959, the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection has showcased the best and brightest Inuit art from West Baffin Island. Each collection shows a snapshot of Inuit art history, cultural heritage and contemporary artistic vision. This year's collection consists of 30 images, and features the last works of the late Tim Pitsiulak. Other well renowned, and up and coming artists include: Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Saimaiyu Akesuk, Kakulu Saggiaktok, Qavavau Manumie, Annie Parr, Nicotye Samayualie, Ooloosie Saila, Nuna Parr, Pitaloosie Saila, Cee Pootoogook, Malaija Pootoogook, Shuvinai Ashoona, Simeonie Teevee and Ningiukulu Teevee.

The official opening of the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection is scheduled for October 21, 2017. Northern Expressions will have the collection available on the launch date at our website and store locations.
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Spirit Wrap by Chloe Angus Design

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The Staff's fall favourite combines beautiful Indigenous west coast art with a cozy fashion wrap! Canadian designer Chloë Angus, works with Haida graphic artists who use traditional Haida artistic style to bring to life Chloë's Spirit Wraps. Pairing the classic button wrap with original First Nations artwork in a unique and fashionable way. Each wrap includes the artists’ signature, and are available in many colours and graphics. A wonderful gift idea or addition to any wardrobe, each Spirit Wrap is a wearable piece of original West Coast art!  
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Celebrating its 18th year, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the global hub for Indigenous-made media arts. Each year, imagineNATIVE presents a selection of film, video, audio, digital media, and exhibitions created by Indigenous artists from Canada and around the world, as well as a series of panels and workshops. This festival is the largest event of its kind in the world, and is a leader in supporting and developing Indigenous media arts and in building relationships between communities.

Running from October 18-22, 2017 throughout Toronto, imagineNATIVE recently announced this year's lineup of over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors! More events will be announced leading up to the festival's opening in October, so start making plans to see some great films!
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Terry Ryan - (1933 - 2017)

Terry Ryan









The death has been announced of Terry Ryan, who for almost 30 years was the General Manager of the West Baffin Co-op. Terry helped many Inuit artists gain recognition in Canada and beyond.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends in their loss.



Photo Credits: Dorset Fine Arts













National Gallery Of Canada Event


Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967
Thursday, June 15, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017


National Gallery of Canada
Canadian and Indigenous Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Events at the National Gallery of Canada


Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to Monday, April 30, 2018


National Gallery of Canada, Contemporary Galleries
B101 to B109, B201 to B205
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4