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.
Born in Iqaluit (NU), Napachie Ashoona is an acclaimed artist based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU). He is a member of one of the most prominent families of Inuit artists. His carvings, made with local serpentine, show the artist's remarkable ability to capture kinetic movements of his human, animal, and spiritual subjects. His sculptures are known for their expressiveness, fluidity, and the fine details he carves from the softer stone—a skill best conveyed in the faces of his human subjects. Napachie Ashoona has received significant praise for his work, and his carvings have been in exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Germany, and France.