Labrador Interpretation Centre



The Labrador Interpretation Centre is now closed for the 2021 season. It will reopen on April 30, 2022. 

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.









June 26 – October 3, 2021

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.



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.

Some new experiences to keep everyone safer:

Before visiting, ask yourself:

  • Am I experiencing symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have I experienced any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?
  • Have I travelled or been in contact with anyone who has travelled outside the Atlantic Provinces in the last 14 days?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we ask that you wait and visit us later.


For your safety:

  • We recommend that you bring and wear your own mask.
  • We are limiting the number of visitors in our building. 
  • If you need a wheelchair or stroller, please bring your own.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at our cash points.
  • We have enhanced cleaning protocols, including door handles and other high traffic surfaces using industry-approved, disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • We have added directional signs and signs to encourage social distancing and handwashing.
  • We have closed interactive experiences and turned off touch screens.


What we ask of you:

  • Please check-in at our Admissions Desk before proceeding
  • Please use our touchless pay options (if available).
  • You will notice directional arrows and signage throughout the building, we appreciate your cooperation in observing these.
  • As you make your way throughout the building you will notice many areas where we have plenty of room, but there will be times where we request that you yield and stand back to allow for safe passage in narrow areas.
  • If you are visiting as a bubble please stay together with your bubble as you make your way throughout the building.
  • We have installed occupancy signage at the entrance to our washrooms. We are admitting one person per washroom at a time. Please wait for the washroom to be vacant before proceeding into the washroom.
  • Don’t forget to continue to practice good hand hygiene.    


For your information:

  • We are open to the public for regular summer hours.
  • Watch for upcoming outdoor programs.
  • Indoor programs may be offered at a future date.

We are working on making our building safe for you, your patience is appreciated during this time.

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 at The Rooms. 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.



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