As part of Soptsestimmie and running alongside the 2024 Native American and Indigenous Studies conference held in Bådåddjo/Buvvda/Bodø (Norway), the CCA will participate in a conversation and book launch for ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home: Inuit and Sámi Placemaking. ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ (angirramut) in Inuktitut or ruovttu guvlui in North Sámi mean “towards home.” To move towards home is to reflect on where Sámi people and Inuit find home, on what their connections to their lands means, and on what these relationships could look like moving into the future. Informed by the perspectives of a group of Inuit, Sámi, and settler co-editors the book explores Northern Indigenous forms of sovereignty shaped by an understanding of the land as home. It emphasizes caring for and living on the land as a way of being, and celebrates practices of spacemaking and placemaking that empower Indigenous communities.

Sopsestimmie, exploring the theme of Baajh Vaeride Årrodh = Landback! and organized by the Bárru Indigenous Collective, will take place over the evenings of 5–7 June and be hosted within Girjegumpi, an iteration of Joar Nango’s Sámi Architectural Library in the Bymuseet/Nordlandsmuseet in Bådåddjo/Buvvda/Bodø. On 7 June, join co-editors Joar Nango, Taqralik Patridge, and Rafico Ruiz, along with contributors Liisa-Ravna Finbog and Jen Rose Smith for a conversation that will foreground and celebrate practices of making home across Inuit, Sámi, and dAXunhyuu communities. They will also be joined by a wider community of contributors, publishers, and artists who engaged with the project, including Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Tanya Busse, Elin Kristine Haugdal, and Sunniva Skålnes.

With an aim to support the growth and revitalization of Indigenous languages, ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home: Inuit and Sámi Placemaking features North Sámi and Inuktitut alongside English and French. It is co-published by the CCA with Valiz and Mondo Books, and conceived in conjunction with the exhibition ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home, which was organized by and presented at the CCA from 11 June 2022 to 26 March 2023, and at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty from 25 October 2023 to 22 March 2024.

Books will be available for purchase at Girjegumpi.


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