La Guilde celebrates the cultural traditions and creative expressions of all Indigenous and Fine Crafts artists of Canada.
La Guilde is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. It is with respect that La Guilde weaves together the past, present, and future in all relationships with Indigenous peoples and other communities within Canada.
Jaco Ishulutaq works and lives in Pangnirtung (NU). He started carving at sixteen, encouraged by his mother, the famous artist Eleesapee Ishulutaq. He learned to carve by watching his grandfather work. Jaco Ishulutaq is known not only for his work made with deer antler, ivory, whalebone, and stone but also for his drawings of people, birds, and other animals, inspired by real events or stories told by his grandfather. In 2018, he was honoured with the Nunavut Commissioner's Arts Award. Today, Jaco Ishulutaq is the most prolific carver in the region.