Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony comes to Northern Canada for first time

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The Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony will be held in Whitehorse on Tuesday evening. (Claudiane Samson/Radio-Canada)
The 2018 Arctic Inspiration Prize will be handed out in Whitehorse, Yukon on Tuesday evening — marking the first time in its seven-year history that the awards gala will be held in the North.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is the largest prize in Canada dedicated to awarding projects that serve the Canadian Arctic.

Ten projects have been nominated this year, in three categories.

There are three nominees for the largest prize of $1 million:

  • Northern Compass — a project to help Northern youth pursue higher education and careers
  • Pirurvik — an early childhood education program based in Pond Inlet, Nunavut
  • Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun — an Inuinnaqtun language revitalization project.

Five other projects are shortlisted for the Arctic Inspiration Prize category that is worth up to $500,000, and two are in the running for the youth prize, which is worth up to $100,000.

The award ceremony on Tuesday will feature performances by Juno award winners Elisapie and Leela Gilday, along with Yukon’s Diyet and special guest Wesley Hardisty.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, at the Yukon Arts Centre. You can also watch it live on CBC Yukon’s Facebook page.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Outfitter from Canada’s east-Arctic gets boost after winning Indigenous tourism award, CBC News

Iceland: International academics nominate Arctic Council for Nobel Peace Prize, Eye on the Arctic

United States: American science foundation awards $500,000 to food security research in Indigenous communities, Eye on the Arctic

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