Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony

Every year the AIP invites its community, as well as individuals from across the country, to join together in celebration of the current year’s Finalists and new winning Laureates. The live Awards Ceremony is hosted in partnership with a variety of different organizations and in collaboration with a different host city each year (typically alternating between North and South).

In addition to celebrating the nominated and winning projects, the awards ceremony is a cultural showcase, including musical performances from artists from across the North. Each winning team also receives an original piece of artwork from a Northern Canadian artist.

The guitar-fiddle duo of Yukoners Boyd Benjamin and Kevin Barr perform at the 2019 AIP Awards Ceremony in Ottawa (credit: Justin Tang/AIP)

11th Annual Awards Ceremony

Watch a recap of the ceremony below.

Celebrating 11 years of by the North for the North impact.

The 11th annual awards ceremony was on February 8, 2023, the live and in-person event celebrated the incredible AIP Finalists and Laureates at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The ceremony was hosted by Andrea Brazeau and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and featured performances by Vision Quest, Beatrice Deer, and Terry Uyarak under the masterful artistic direction of Leela Gilday. 

This year’s theme, “Walking lightly on the earth and leaving our mark on each other,” reflected the vital relationship that northerners have with the land, water and community. In the North, many traditional ways of knowing and being are based on teaching and learning from the land. The AIP has always celebrated community relationships and activities above physical infrastructure, acknowledging the powerful connection that northerners have to the land. 

For more information read about the ceremony here, and watch the recording of the ceremony here.

Next Ceremony

The AIP and the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 12th annual awards ceremony for the Arctic Inspiration Prize on May 7, 2024 in Whitehorse, in conjunction with the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference.

Stay tuned for more about the ceremony, including this year’s line-up of performers. Sign up for the AIP newsletter or check back here to find out when you can purchase your tickets!

Watch the highlights of previous year’s ceremonies:

10th Annual Ceremony (virtual)
9th Annual Ceremony in partnership with the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference (virtual)
8th Annual Ceremony in partnership with Northern Lights Business and Cultural Showcase (Ottawa, ON)