From Baljit Chadha in Montreal
On February 25, 2014, the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnson, presented a gift of an Inukshuk from “the people of Canada to the people of India”, to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, the Honourable Naseeb Jung.
The Inukshuk is located in the roundabout in front of the High Commission of Canada in the Diplomatic Enclave area of New Delhi. Canada has taken a lead role in this installation as the first country to have a piece of art displayed in this prestigious area.
The monumental sculpture will be viewed by all who pass by the roundabout on Shanti Path and Satya Marg. Created by artists Bill Nasogaluak and Koomuatuk Curley, the Inukshuk is 2.5 metres high and 1.5 metres wide. It is made up of eight massive stones from Kingston, Ontario. The orientation of the arms is to the northwest, towards Canada.
The artistic design includes three “unity” stones installed in the heart of the sculpture: two are from Tuktoyaktuk and Cape Dorset, Canada – the home communities of the Inuit artists – and the third is from Dholpur, Rajasthan, India. Christine Lalonde, Inuit Art curator of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, acted as the liaison with the artists.
We feel privileged and grateful to have received wide spread support to finish this grand and ambitious project within six weeks. We were also surprised and delighted to unexpectedly receive the Governor General’s Medallion in New Delhi in recognition of the work of the Chadha Family Foundation in strengthening Canada-India relationship. The Inukshuk, an iconic symbol of Canada, in a permanent location in India, will stand as an enduring symbol of friendship between Canada and India.