In fact, when the co-operatives were looking for startup capital, the artists of Nunavik generously accepted to donate a percentage of the sales of their artwork to this fund. In exchange, the FCNQ committed itself to marketing and promoting of artists and artisans.
The purchase of the materials required for the construction of the stores as well as the first inventory purchases were possible due to the funds collected.
These days, the financial health of the co-operatives no longer requires the financial help generated by the sale of art but the FCNQ is still one of the largest worldwide promoters of artwork from Quebec's Great North.
Authentic Inuit sculptures and crafts are certified by the Inuit Art Foundation (formerly by the Canadian government) and, as authorized agents for Inuit artists, we assign each of our sculptures and crafts with a certificate of authenticity, otherwise known as the "Igloo Tag".
For more information about the Igloo Tag, please visit the IAF's website.