Labrador Interpretation Centre



At the Labrador Interpretation Centre, you’ll discover the founding peoples of Labrador—Innu, Inuit, NunatuKavut Inuit and Settlers. Here, you will explore the lifeways and history of Labrador’s Indigenous peoples from the past into today. 

The permanent exhibition The Past is Where We Come From combines voices, art and artifacts from each of our cultures. The exhibition is presented in Inuktitut, Innu-aimun and English.

Special events and temporary exhibitions are presented each year.










In this exhibition, Mark Igloliorte combines traditional and contemporary elements of Inuit culture to respectfully reconnect with his heritage. Through his methodical investigations in drawing, painting and public performance, Igloliorte reveals that observation is not passive. It is participatory, a process of working together to make meaning. Igloliorte’s works are an opportunity for the viewer to contemplate their own biases, to observe how words and images can reflect their understanding of culture, land and ideas of belonging.

Mark Igloliorte (b. 1977) is an interdisciplinary artist of Inuit ancestry from Nunatsiavut, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, NS, and a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montréal, QC. He has exhibited extensively over the last decade in group and solo shows as well as artist residencies. In 2017, Igloliorte received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and was also longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2012. Igloliorte has also been involved in youth art workshops through The National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, and was named a Labrador Inuit Role Model by the Nunatsiavut Government in 2007. He is a professor at Concordia University in Montréal. 

Image:  Installation view, MARK IGLOLIORTE: Traverse (2021).  Labrador Interpretation Centre, The Rooms.


Contact Information


2 Portage Road, North West River in Labrador

Hours of Operation
Open April 30, 2022 – October 2, 2022
Monday-Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sundays & July 1 (Canada Day): 12 pm - 4:30 pm 

Admission is free. Fees apply to some special events. To find out about temporary exhibitions and events, or to book a tour, call (709) 497-8566.

Telephone: (709) 497-8566

Mailing Address
Labrador Interpretation Centre
P.O. Box 389 
North West River, NL A0P 1M0

Practices and Policies: What We Ask Of You

We look forward to welcoming you back! We are so pleased to be open and can’t wait to see you.

Our team has taken great lengths to ensure you have a safe visit.

For your safety:

  • We recommend you wear a non-medical mask during your visit and practice physical distancing. 
  • ​Plexi barriers remain at our cashpoints.
  • Hand sanitizers are located on all floors.

What we ask of you:

  • Please check-in at our Admissions Desk before proceeding
  • Please use our touchless pay options (if available).
  • Don’t forget to continue to practice good hand hygiene.    

Scent Free 
The use of scented products is to be avoided, in order to provide employees and visitors with a healthy and safe environment. The use of scented products has the potential to create an unsafe environment for our employees and visitors due to the associated serious health risks. 

Brief cases, backpacks and oversized bags are not permitted. Please check with staff if you need clarification.

Eating & Drinking
Food and beverages are not permitted in exhibition spaces. This is enforced to protect our collections and items on display.

Cell Phones
The use of cellular phones is not permitted in exhibition spaces. 

No Smoking
This is a smoke free building.

Admire – But Don’t Touch (in most cases)
Please do not touch the artifacts or artwork on display, except where clearly permitted.

Children are welcome. For their safety and to protect the items on display, we ask that children under 12 be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Please refrain from shouting, running and rowdy behaviour that might interfere with other visitors’ experiences or result in injury.

Fire/Emergency Alarms
In the event of an alarm, please prepare to exit, following any instructions provided by staff. If you require assistance, please ask the nearest staff person.