Nominations open for first-ever Inuit First Peoples Medal in Québec

New award recognizes social involvement, commitment and assistance to others

Québec’s lieutenant-governor is calling for nominations for the new Inuit category of the province’s First Peoples Medal. The medal, engraved with a design by Inuit artist Daniel Inukpuk, will be presented to the recipient in person by the lieutenant-governor. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Québec)

By Nunatsiaq News

The lieutenant-governor of Québec is calling for nominations for the new Inuit category of the province’s First Peoples Medal.

The distinction recognizes the contribution of Québec Inuit in their communities across Canada or abroad, as stated in a news release.

“This is a new mark of recognition and, we hope, the beginning of a tradition,” Joseph Michel Doyon, the lieutenant-governor of Québec, said in the release.

“This award recognizes social involvement, commitment, support and assistance to others, a true mission that people who are dedicated to the well-being of their community give themselves,” he said.

The inaugural recipient will be recognized for addressing social, cultural, and economic challenges Inuit face.

The medal to be awarded to the recipient of the First Peoples Medal in the Inuit category is engraved by Nunavik-born carver Daniel Inukpuk (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Québec)

The medal is attached to a ribbon to be worn around the neck and is engraved with a design by Nunavik-born Inuit carver Daniel Inukpuk. The medal depicts a polar bear on the front, and the reverse shows the locations of Inuit communities engraved in a map of the province.

The recipient will be invited to attend a ceremony to be presented with the medal in person by the lieutenant-governor.

To nominate someone, an online application form — open until May 31 — can be filled out.

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