Northern Compass, $1 Million Laureate in 2019 (credit: Justin Tang/AIP)

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)

2020 Awards Ceremony

In February 2021, we had planned to host the 9th Annual AIP Awards Ceremony in Whitehorse in partnership with the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce, the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference (AIIC) and the Yukon Arts Centre. As with many other celebrations, the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures forced us to change our plans. But we didn’t let that stop the celebration!

For the first time ever, the AIP awards ceremony was broadcast across the country on February 19, 2021, on television and the web, thanks to an incredible partnership with APTN.

The AIP was thrilled to welcome Yukoner Chantal Rondeau and Nunavik’s Andrea Brazeau as hosts, and with Leela Gilday once again taking the lead as artistic director, the virtual AIP awards ceremony was an ambitious, pan-Arctic celebration that brought this year’s Laureate success stories to living rooms from North to South, and East to West.

The AIP is proud to have worked with Indigenous production company Animiki See Digital Production to produce this year’s awards ceremony and to have continued to partner with the Yukon Arts Centre and the AIIC, honouring Whitehorse as the host city of the virtual ceremony.

Read more about the celebration here.

And if you missed the awards ceremony broadcast, you can still watch on APTN lumi here.