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Aakuluk Creations
Katie Pootoogook Manomie is an Inuk woman who was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She was adopted at birth by Enook and Suzanne Manomie. At the age of three, her adoptive mother took her from Nunavut and raised her in BC, therefore she is considered a part of the 60's Scoop. Katie never had any Inuit relationships growing up, and started reconnecting with her family in 2018, when she could travel back to Nunavut and meet her family. Katie learned how to bead at Camosun College in an Indigenous art class with Lindsay Delaronde, and she feels that she holds this knowledge because of her blood memory. A lot of family members in her biological family are Inuit artists. Her sister, Sarah Maniapik introduced her to sealskin and shipped her beautiful skins from Iqaluit, where she taught herself how to work with the pelts. Katie is in her final year of completing her Indigenous Studies degree at UVIC and dreams to advocate for Inuit and Indigenous children in the foster care system.