2017 Awards Ceremony

The 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Northern Lights Business & Cultural Showcase on January 31, 2017, was a tremendous success in celebrating northern excellence and achievement. Eight teams from across Canada's North were awarded a share of over $2.4 million to implement impactful and innovative projects that will improve the lives of people in northern communities.

The AIP was pleased to welcome Madeleine Allakariallak of CBC Igalaaq to host the ceremony alongside Kevin Kablutsiak, Executive Director of the AIP. Team members of 2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize Laureate Qaggiavuut! gave a stunning performance of Kiviuq Returns, based on the legends of the Inuit hero Kiviuq.

Natan Obed, National Inuit Leader and President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami made a special appearance at the ceremony to announce that the founders of the Arctic Inspiration Prize, Ms. Sima Sharifi and Mr. Arnold Witzig, gifted $60 million, their entire wealth, to the northern-led AIP Charitable Trust.

For the first time, all three Northern Premiers - Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, NWT Premier Bob McLeod, and Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa - attended the ceremony and presented awards to this year's Laureates. The AIP was also pleased to welcome Federal Ministers: the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, and the Honourable Jane Philpott.

Other notable attendees included, Nunavut Commissioner, the Honourable Nellie Kusugak, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Chair Duane Smith, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Aluki Kotierk, Kativik Regional Government Chair Jennifer Munick-Watkins, Makivik Corporation President Charlie Watt, Nunatsiavut Government President Johannes Lampe, and Assembly of First Nations Yukon Interim Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, as well as the many other Indigenous leaders from across the North.

2017 Awards Ceremony Partners

Northern Lights Business & Cultural Showcase First Air Air North Qaggiavuut

Videos

Awards Ceremony Video Recap (3 min)

Awards Ceremony Video Recap (6 min)

Photos

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Photos: Patrick Doyle/Arctic Inspiration Prize