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Annie Pootoogook, Inuit artist body found in Ottawa river

Annie Pootoogook, Inuit artist body found in Ottawa river

India Blooms News Service | | 24 Sep 2016, 06:31 pm
Ottawa, Sept 24 (IBNS): 46- year-old Annie Pootoogook, the acclaimed, award winning Inuit artist was identified as the woman found dead Monday in Ottawa’s Rideau river.

The dead body was spotted in the water around 8:50 am on Monday near Bordelau Park in Lowertown, near the Ontario- Quebec border. Ottawa police on Friday, confirmed her identity, after an autopsy was performed later in the week.

Pootoogook born in Nunavut’s Cape Dorset was best known for her frank, ink and crayon drawings of contemporary northern life. Her work reflected her own life and community, at times depicting her experience of physical and sexual abuse and living with relatives suffering from alcoholism.

Peter Taptuna, Nunavut Premier offered his condolences to Pootoogook’s family over Twitter.

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo also took to twitter to express his sympathies. He mentioned that Canada had “lost great artist & great woman.”

The Sobey Art Foundation who had ushered lot of prizes and awards on Pootoogook’s works also issued a statement saying, “Annie’s spirit shone through her work and she has left a tremendous legacy to the Canadian cultural fabric.”

Police think foul play is not associated in Pootoogook’s death but are inquiring people to help in understanding what led to her death.

(Reporting by Debarati Mukherjee, Picture Courtesy: Ottawa Citizen)