2019 Awards Ceremony

The 8th Annual Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony was a tremendous celebration of northern excellence and achievement. Held on February 5 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa in conjunction with the Northern Lights Business and Cultural Showcase, eight teams from across Canada's North were awarded a share of over $2.6 million to implement impactful and innovative projects that will improve the lives of people in their communities.

The AIP was thrilled to welcome Christine Genier, host of CBC Yukon, and Nunavut’s Thomas Anguti Johnston, as hosts, and the NWT’s Juno award winner Leela Gilday, as artistic director.

The ceremony featured wonderful performances by: Deantha Edmunds, Inuk classical soloist; the guitar-fiddle duo of Yukoners Boyd Benjamin and Kevin Barr; Nunavik’s Sylvia Cloutier; Dene Orator Lawrence Nayally; and Arctic Soul icons Josh Q and The Trade-Offs.

Natan Obed, National Inuit Leader and President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami made a special appearance at the ceremony. The AIP was also thrilled to welcome on stage, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq who presented awards to this year's Laureates.

Other notable attendees included, Nunavut Commissioner, the Honourable Nellie Kusugak; Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Aluki Kotierk; Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories, Paulie Chinna; Assembly of First Nations Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek; NWT Senator Margaret Dawn Anderson; Yukon Senator Pat Duncan; Mayor of Whitehorse, His Worship Dan Curtis; MP for Nunavut, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq; as well as the many other Indigenous leaders from across the North.

The AIP was also pleased to welcome the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs as well as the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, who presented additional funding to AIP Laureate, the Resilience Training and Healing Program.

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Ceremony Partners

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Live-Stream Partner

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Videos

Awards Ceremony Video Recap (2 min)

Awards Ceremony Video Recap (4 min)

Photos

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2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony

2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony

2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony 2019 AIP Award Ceremony

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Photos: Justin Tang/Arctic Inspiration Prize