ᑲᑎᓕᕐᒥᔪᒍᑦ! Together again! The 11th Annual Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony brought the AIP community together in person in celebration of the 2022 Finalists and Laureates on February 8, 2023 at an event held in partnership with the Northern Lights Business and Cultural Showcase. And while the celebration is done for another year, the Laureates are just getting started and there will certainly be more to hear from them!
Seven incredible teams from across the North were awarded a share of over $2.7 million to bring their by the North, for the North projects to life. Learn more about these Laureates’ projects here.
On behalf of the AIP’s Co-Owners and the entire AIP community, thank you to all the speakers, presenters, dignitaries, performers, hosts and artists who made this awards ceremony so special, including:
Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Honourary Patron and Settlor of the AIP Trust)
Aluki Kotierk, President, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (AIP Co-Owner and Ambassador/Nominator)
Harry Flaherty, President, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (AIP Co-Owner and Selection Committee member)
Pita Aatami, President, Makivik Corporation (AIP Co-Owner and Ambassador/Nominator)
Hilda Snowball, Chairperson, Kativik Regional Government (AIP Co-Owner, Laureate, and Ambassador/Nominator)
Grand Chief Ken Kyikavichik, Gwich’in Tribal Council (AIP Co-Owner)
Jasper Lamouelle, Chief Executive Officer, First Kaska (AIP Co-Owner)
Wally Schumann, Chair of the AIP Board of Trustees (Trustee representing the NWT & NWT’s Co-Owners on the AIP Board of Trustees)
Reanna Johnston, Chief Operating Officer, Atuqtuarvik Corporation (AIP Co-Owner and Trustee representing Nunavut & Nunavut’s Co Owners on the AIP Board of Trustees)
Andy Moorhouse, Vice-President, Makivik Corporation (AIP Co-Owner, Laureate, and Trustee representing Nunavik & Nunavik’s Co-Owners on the AIP Board of Trustees)
The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs (Operational Partner)
The Honourable P.J. Akeeagok, Premier of Nunavut (Prize Partner)
The Honourable Ranj Pillai, Premier of Yukon (Prize Partner and Ambassador/Nominator)
The Honourable Angelique Bernard, Commissioner of Yukon (Honorary Patron)
His Worship Erwin Elias, Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk (Ambassador/Nominator)
Her Worship Laura Cabott, Mayor of Whitehorse (Prize Partner and Ambassador/Nominator)
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Andrea Brazeau were engaging hosts, and under the masterful artistic direction of NWT’s Juno award winner Leela Gilday, Terry Uyarak, Beatrice Deer, and Vision Quest dazzled the packed house with performances that exuded Northern excellence and had everyone enthralled.
The Laureates received beautiful pieces of art from northern artists who are all connected to the AIP:
For the AIP Finalists and Laureates, they didn’t stop after the awards ceremony was over!
The Laureates and Finalists honoured at the Awards Ceremony were invited by the Hon. Anthony Rota, Speaker of the House, to be recognized in the House of Commons and attend a reception on Parliament Hill. Winners also received congratulatory letters from the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau.
Start your nomination today and you could become one of this year’s Laureates!