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The 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize Call for Nominations is now open

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Arctic Inspiration prize

An immense territory of majestic beauty, the Canadian Arctic is home to a growing population of over 100,000 northern Canadians, with a majority of indigenous peoples with a millennial history and rich culture. Once considered as the last frontier, change and modernization are rapidly making the Arctic more accessible and the subject of increasing public, scientific, industrial and political interest.

Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of accelerating changes in the Arctic environment, culture, technology and economy require innovative approaches, mobilizing the best knowledge from various sources into concrete solutions.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize recognizes and promotes the extraordinary contribution made by teams in the gathering of Arctic knowledge and their plans to implement this knowledge to real world applications for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, Arctic Peoples and therefore Canada as a whole.

The $1 million CAD Arctic Inspiration Prize is awarded annually. There are five equally important pillars that contribute to its ongoing success: the $1 million annual prize money, the teams who apply for and win the Prize, the distinguished Selection Committee and our remarkable, engaged Partners and Ambassadors.

The motivation for the Arctic Inspiration Prize is derived from our wish as immigrants to contribute to the future of our adopted country of choice with a focus on the Canadian Arctic and its major challenges in the face of rapid changes in environment, culture, technology and economy.

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize excellence and encourage teamwork among diverse groups in order to use or expand Arctic knowledge and bring it into action for the decisive benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its inhabitants and therefore for Canada as a whole. The use of media and social network communication intends to put these actions in the spotlight in order to amplify their impact.

It is our dream and hope that in addition to our contribution, other individuals and organizations from north and south, will contribute and help make the Arctic Inspiration Prize a long lasting success."

Sima Sharifi and Arnold Witzig / S. and A. Inspiration Foundation