2015 Finalists

Members of Arctic Inspiration Prize Selection Committee met at Rideau Hall on 18 November to review the nominations received as part of the 2015 competition. Three nominations were shortlisted as Finalists for the 2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their knowledge to action plans focusing on issues of critical importance in Canada’s North: poor literacy and academic success related to hearing loss in youth, the revitalization of culture and the performing arts, and the support of meaningful recreation programs and community leadership. One to three Laureates will be selected from these high level nominations and will be announced on 27 January 2016 at the 2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony.

Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth (BHENY)

Children in Arctic regions have a very high prevalence of hearing loss. Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth (BHENY) addresses hearing loss as an underlying cause of poor literacy, academic success, school attendance and graduation rates. BHENY proposes to improve the lives of youth with hearing loss living in the Qikiqtani (Baffin) region of Nunavut through a multipronged approach that includes, the implementation of classroom based sound amplification technology; provision of professional development, training and support for educators through a Virtual Resource Centre; improvement of audiology services in the North; and enabling parents and the community to support the needs of children with hearing loss. A diverse team of hearing health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and Rotarians from the North and South would work towards improved learning and higher literacy rates for children in both Inuktitut and English. BHENY_Overview.pdf

Team Leader: Lynne McCurdy, Audiologist, Wellington Hearing Care, Guelph, Ontario / Nominator: Mary Ellen Thomas, Senior Research Officer, Nunavut Research Institute, Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Qaggiq: Nurturing the Arctic Performing Arts

There is no more powerful way of engaging creative thinking, communications and critical thought than the performing arts. Northern people have always celebrated life through artistry, however, without training and support, Arctic performing arts are at risk of being lost or never realized. With a diverse team of northern artists, administrators and arts educators, in partnership with national and circumpolar performing arts institutions, Qaggiq aims to strengthen Arctic culture and subsequently improve resiliency, self-worth, belonging and pride, particularly among youth at risk. The Qaggiq project proposes to nurture and develop the skills of performing artists and arts administrators through a coordinated strategy that includes artist mapping, artist and teacher training, collaborative performance, mentorship and youth programming. www.qaggiavuut.ca

Team Leader: Ellen Hamilton, Qaggiavuut Society, Iqaluit, Nunavut / Nominator: Susan Chatwood, Executive and Scientific Director, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research

Tri-Territorial Recreation Training (TRT) Project

Although not always recognized as an essential service, recreation has the power to foster happiness and quality of life and contribute to greater balance in northern communities. The Tri-Territorial Recreation Training (TRT) project aims to empower people and communities to enhance individual, community and environmental wellbeing by strengthening the capacity of recreation leaders in northern communities through the delivery of a sustainable, relevant training program. With a skilled and diverse group of nonprofit, government and private sector organizations from the field of recreation, the TRT project would focus on the development and delivery of a specialized community recreation leadership training program in rural and remote communities across Canada’s three territories. The goals of the project are to help people grow and be healthy, build strong families and communities, work with those who are disadvantaged, protect the environment, enhance economic growth, and add to the quality of life in northern communities. www.rpay.ca

Team Leader: Anne Morgan, Executive Director, Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon (RPAY), Whitehorse, Yukon / Nominator: Zach Bell, Olympic Cyclist, Yukon