Nunavut artist to be featured on holiday shipping box

Kyra Flaherty of Iqaluit is 1 of 13 artists to be featured on Purolator’s ‘Light Up the Holidays’ shipping box series

Kyra Flaherty is representing Nunavut as one of 13 artists to be featured in Purolator’s “Light Up the Holidays” shipping box series. (Images courtesy of Purolator)

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An Iqaluit artist’s work will be featured on Purolator’s shipping boxes this holiday season.

Kyra Flaherty’s work is one of 13 selections in the company’s “Light Up the Holidays” series, featuring artists from every province and territory.

The artistic boxes feature “representations of stunning Canadian winter landscapes, native floras and faunas, local holiday traditions, and so much more,” states a press release from Purolator.

Flaherty said she’s excited to have been selected, and she’s looking forward to receiving a physical box of her own.

“I’ve been doing art for a long time, so, with it finally going somewhere and having Inuit representation means a lot,” she said.

Her contribution to the series is inspired by the North Pole and how people in Nunavut celebrate Christmas.

One side of the box shows a caribou and an igloo under the northern lights, while the other side has “Merry Christmas,” written in Inuktitut with a polar bear in the corner.

“I wanted it to be very realistic to life in Nunavut and how we celebrate Christmas, which is very cultural and minimalist,” she said.

Overall, Flaherty says she feels honoured to be representing Nunavut on a box that might get shipped across the country this holiday season.

“I feel very honoured and very lucky to share my idea of what Christmas is like up north through my lens,” she said. “I’m really lucky I was given the opportunity to try to show the rest of Canada what it looks like, Nunavut’s Christmas.”

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by artist on

    This is amazing and great exposure for Our Land Nunavut.
    Thank you Ms Flaherty.

  2. Posted by South on

    Where can I buy an original?

    • Posted by North on

      I’d like to know too.

  3. Posted by Supportive inuk on


  4. Posted by God bless Nunavut on

    Congratulations, Kyra on your chosen artwork and Christmas wishes to all. You make us proud!

  5. Posted by Merry Christmas on

    Thank u Kyra for the “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays” that the PC police want slapped everywhere in lieu of xmas.

    Beautiful work

  6. Posted by Artist to Be? on

    Quite happy for the artist. Keep it up Kyra. If only the headline was better worded. At first glance I thought, ‘isn’t the person already an artist?’ Then I realized that her art will be featured on the shipping boxes.

    • Posted by Venn Diagram on

      It’s okay art… all this fawning is a little over done

  7. Posted by Northern Quebec family on

    Very proud relative in Nunavik. : )

    I hope to get a box myself, if not I’ll buy one as a souvenir

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