Giveaways galore at Nunavut Trade Show in Iqaluit

30th annual trade show is open to the public on Thursday starting at 10 a.m.

Lauren Nevin, of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, shows off two of the items at her booth: an electric lantern and a bucket, which will come to great use during berry picking and clam-digging season. Qaujigiartiit is also hosting a draw for a camping stove. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

The City of Iqaluit’s three-in-one pen, ruler and level could come in handy for anyone who needs to measure something that’s only three inches long.

And who doesn’t need an Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami hockey puck? Or a stress ball shaped like a shipping container?

These are just some of the many freebies available at the Nunavut Trade Show this week at the Arctic Winter Games arena in Iqaluit.

Organized by the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, the trade show is an opportunity for businesses, government departments and social service agencies to showcase their products and services.

One way they get their names out in the public is by giving away a wide variety of novelties with their logos splashed on them. Pencils, pens, lapel pins, shopping bags, baseball caps are trade show staples.

After exhibitors spent Wednesday showing off to each other, Thursday is the show’s public day, where anyone can attend and learn about some of the organizations doing business across the territory and fill a tote bag with giveaways and baubles. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the fun trinkets a Nunatsiaq News reporter spotted on Wednesday.

  • City of Iqaluit spokesperson Kent Driscoll said his booth has the best pens. While most booths offer their own versions of the writing instrument, no others have both a level and a small ruler. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)


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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by Aqpik on

    oh how I would like to be there to see all the amazing Inuit merchandise. NWT and NU should do a joint trade show next year in YK (usually held in May) and Iqaluit (ususally held in September) Vendors from Alberta also set booths at the YK Trade Show. Just an idea.

    • Posted by Mostly Junk on

      The merchandise at these shows are almost always usually cheap plastic trinkets that fall apart within days.

  2. Posted by pissed off on

    Freebies have become more and more a disease over the years.
    Like Ceaser said `give them bread and games “ and you will keep the population happy.
    If all that mostly “Government money “ was intentionnaly put into a big pot by all participants , you could see a huge amount of money that could be put to benefit some real good causes around Nunavut instead of ending up as junk all over the place.
    Something to think about.

    Sorry for all the junk dealers that benefit from that windfall every year


    • Posted by Inuk from Nunavik on

      My grand daughter loves going to trade shows, ends up with a lot of ” MADE IN CHINA ” stuff , which will eventually end up at the landfill.

      • Posted by 😂 on

        It’s called get a job lazy af people

    • Posted by Umingmak on

      Imagine being “pissed off” and whining over free stuff provided by businesses.

      • Posted by 😂 on

        It’s all junk sounds like y’all don’t work or even have a job

  3. Posted by Arctic trades on

    Can we do an east to west trade show? Greenland, Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, NWT, Yukon and Alaska?

    I think that would be an incredible gathering and see how we can work closer together. We are stronger together.

    Arctic trade show.


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