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CBC News March 2, 2012  Artist-run centre that markets Inuit work cannot pay its bills.  The Ottawa-based Inuit Art Foundation plans to close its doors at the end of the month, saying it can't bring in enough money to sustain its rising costs. The charitable foundation formed in 1985 to promote and market Inuit art worldwide is run by a volunteer board of artists. It is selling off its art and emptying its offices at the end of the month. Inuit paintings and sculptures in the Inuit Art Foundation shop have red slashes across the price tags, and in their office, the walls are being stripped of artwork.......

The foundation has received contributions from the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development since 1985, with annual contributions of $458,000 since 2005. The ministry said while funding did not change in 2010-11 or 2011-12, the foundation's costs have risen. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development spokesperson Geneviève Guibert said the ministry was not consulted on the decision and said it didn't learn of the decision to dismantle the foundation until Thursday morning......

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