Arctic Inspiration Prize gears up for Feb. 12 awards ceremony

2019 marks the first time the AIP hosts its awards event in the North

Piruvik, a Pond Inlet preschool in Nunavut

A child learns how to scrape a sealskin at Piruvik, a Pond Inlet preschool that’s been named as one of three contenders up for the $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize this year. (Photo courtesy of Tessa Lochhead)

By Nunatsiaq News

For the first time in its seven-year history, the Arctic Inspiration Prize will host its awards ceremony in the North.

The annual event, which sees hundreds of thousands of dollars handed out to wellness projects across the North, will be held Feb. 12 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The event, which has been hosted in Ottawa in recent years, will be held in conjunction with this year’s Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference, which runs in Whitehorse that same week.

The ceremony will feature a pan-northern line-up of performers, including Nunavik singer-songwriter Elisapie.

The 2018 edition of the Arctic Inspiration Prize announced its shortlist last November; two of the three contenders for a $1-million award are based in Nunavut.

They include the Pond Inlet-based preschool, Piruvik—A Place to Grow, which has an early childhood curriculum based in Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, as well as Uqarluta Innuinaqtun, or Let’s Speak Innuinaqtun, a language immersion program designed for youth in western Nunavut.

Initiatives shortlisted for awards of up to $500,000 include a Nunavik land camp for youth called Nunami Sukuijainiq and the Nunavut Law Program.

Tickets for the Feb. 12 ceremony are available now at the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference’s website.

Travellers can also book flights with Air North using the code AIP19.

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