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On October 16 from Nuuk, Greenland, the Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Aqqaluk Lynge, congratulated ICC Canada President and ICCVice-Chair for Canada,Duane Smith, for being named recipient of the prestigious 2013 Indspire Award for Politics. Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) awards are given to Canadians who are both indigenous and an inspiration to others.

“The Inuit Circumpolar Council is proud of Duane Smith’s accomplishment. His Indspire award is testimony to the fact that hard political work and respect for those that have different opinions on challenging Arctic matters pays off.” Lynge continued, “Duane knows that making mutually beneficial alliances with others without compromising Inuit values is key to improving and sustaining the Inuit
way of life.”

Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, when asked about the award replied that,“each and every one of our Award recipients is a role model and a leader who has made a profound impact in their communities and across Canada”.

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