Arts and Culture

Award night for Susan Aglukark

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon, right, presents the 2022 Humanitarian Award to Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark at the Juno Awards on May 14 in Toronto. The award recognizes philanthropic contributions of Canadian artists who have made a meaningful impact on social welfare. Aglukark was honoured for her dedication to improving the lives of children and youth in northern Indigenous communities through her Arctic Rose Foundation, which runs after-school arts programs for Indigenous youth. Throughout her career Aglukark has been awarded three Junos for her music. (Photo courtesy of MCpl Anis Assari / Office of the Secretary of the Governor General)

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Kicking off the UN’s Decade of Indigenous Languages with a song

Inuk-Mohawk singer Beatrice Deer performs at the Canadian launch of the UN’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages, at the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in Ottawa April 22. Deer, originally from Nunavik, sang a medley of songs in Inuktitut at the event co-hosted by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and former National Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

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Lighting a flame for language preservation

Inuk elder Aigah Attagutsiak lights the qulliq as Anishinaabe drummer Odeshkun Thusky looks on at the Canadian launch of the UN’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages at the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in Ottawa on April 22. The event was co-hosted by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and former National Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde.(Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Qimmiit sunbathe on Uluksan Qingua

On Monday, these dogs will begin their trek to Igloolik

Igloolik musher Jonah Qaunaq’s qimmiit, or sled dogs, rest Friday morning on Uluksan Qingua, or Adams Sound, just off the coast of Arctic Bay. On Monday, these dogs will pull Qaunaq towards Igloolik, beginning their 500 kilometre trek in hopes of winning the Nunavut Quest and a $20,000 prize. (Photo by David Venn)

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Akeeagok takes in Toonik Tyme

Premier and family were among the crowd of festival goers on Good Friday

Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok and his family were among a large crowd of spectators taking in Toonik Tyme festivities on the Iqaluit sea ice on Good Friday. “Seeing all the smiles means everything,” Akeeagok told Nunatsiaq News in an interview. He also said that he was thankful to the organizers for their work putting on the event, and he was happy to spend some time during the long weekend relaxing with family and friends. Toonik Tyme continues with snowmobile races and hunters’ events until Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

Hockey night in Arctic Bay

Players are in the midst of picking a team for an upcoming tournament in Igloolik

Home team goaltender Curtis Willie (number 41), stops a shot from away team forward Hali Kango (number 99) Thursday night in Arctic Bay’s arena during a 9 to 6 win for Willie’s home team. After the game, the players held a meeting to decide who will form Arctic Bay’s roster at the upcoming Qamutik Cup Tournament in Igloolik at the end of the month, and how they will all get there. (Photo by David Venn)