Dear Editor: Since 2012, the prestigious Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) has been rewarding Northerners for their immense accomplishments in advancing real-world solutions for the peoples of the North.
Those achievements will be celebrated once more this week with a special reception honouring the growing collection of prize recipients from the Northwest Territories at the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly on Feb. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
It has been an honour to be part of the Arctic Inspiration Prize Selection Committee over the past four years. We are very pleased to have an opportunity to showcase the NWT recipients of the prize here at home, and to share some information about the future of the prize with the people of the NWT. I hope to see many future applicants and recipients at the reception.
Arctic Inspiration Prize founder Arnold Witzig will be in attendance, along with Prize Trustee Candice Lys and NWT recipients FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, and Thaidene Nene to showcase the significance of the prize’s impacts.
Stephen Ellis, Thaidene Nene negotiator, has said the prize awarded to the Thaidene Nene Initiative allowed for great national and international exposure for the excellent work led by the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation in exploring what it means to be contemporary Indigenous caretakers of the land. This is an important demonstration of the positive impacts of the prize, even beyond the financial benefit for recipient organizations.
Though prize winners are recognized on the national stage at the annual awards ceremony in Ottawa, this celebration allows us the chance to acknowledge their achievements at home as well.
2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize
Selection Committee Chair