Young members of Nunavut Sivuniksavut greet Conference attendees and visitors with traditional song and dance presentations in the foyer of the Shaw Centre.

The Northern lights Business and Cultural Showcase was held at the end of January at Ottawa’s Shaw Centre. It was a chance for all those interested in the Arctic to form partnerships, exchange information with northern organizations by attending program sessions on a wide variety of topics, visit tradeshow exhibits, and delight in the culture and arts of the eastern Arctic.

The four-day event began with opening receptions at the AXENÉO7 Gallery in Gatineau, Quebec, which included an art exhibit, sponsored by the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. The exhibit also runs until March 5.

Seminars included topics on economic development, tourism, fisheries, the arts, Northern transportation, Parks, sovereignty, scientific research, Northern infrastructure, climate change, mining, and energy.

The arts and culture pavilion was filled with painters, carvers, craftspeople and fashion designers from around the eastern Arctic displaying their work. Arctic entertainers performed each day on stage for visitors and delegates as well.

Evening festivities included the Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards ceremony; a documentary premiere of “Trapped in a human Zoo, based on Abraham ulrikab’s diary;” a silent auction; and gala dinner and closing ceremonies with a charity auction and music provided by harry Martin, the Twin Flames and Kamaalukutaat.

The labrador North Chamber of Commerce and the Baffin regional Chamber of Commerce were joint partners in bringing this lively and interesting biannual event to the capital, bringing people from Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, labrador and southern cities together.