Taqtu (Sabrina) Montague: Nickel Belt

Taqtu (Sabrina) Montague: Nickel Belt

Taqtu (Sabrina) Montague, a Nunavut Inuk, is a freelance Traditional Throat Singer & Drum Dancer. She grew up immersed in her culture, learning traditional skills and knowledge, and importantly, spent her formative years learning from Inuit teachers & Elders. As a toddler, Taqtu was enrolled in the first Urban Inuit Aboriginal Head Start Program, where she first learned to throat sing, drum dance and sing traditional songs. Shortly after beginning school, she moved from Ottawa to Taloyoak Nunavut, and then to Iqaluit. Taqtu takes great pride in being able to perform for and mentor children, youth, and other interested Inuit, passing on important Inuit traditional knowledge. She recently moved back to Ottawa and in her day job she has come full circle within the Urban Inuit community and now works with and mentors Inuit youth in Ottawa, helping them achieve & attain their cultural, personal, & educational goals. As a Nunavut Inuk, she advocates for youth and provides invaluable, relevant support and guidance that comes from lived experience. Much of her work is done through play-based learning. She has extensive experience performing all over Canada’s provinces and territories. In her spare time she enjoys traditional sewing, beading, & creating contemporary art.