First Air was extremely proud to once again be the official sponsor of ITK’s (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) A Taste of the Arctic evening, which was held May 15 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This premier culinary and cultural event showcases the amazing diversity and flavours of Inuit cuisine prepared, in part, under the guidance and creativity of Inuvialuit Chef Sheila Flaherty.
This year’s attendees feasted on such morsels as Inuvialuit doughnuts, a selection of dried and cured meats from Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Inaluaq palaugaaq made by Martha Flaherty, maple smoked char made by Sijjakkut, Palaugaaq made by Andrea Carter, Nautchiq sliders, Pangnirtung scallops, bannock, and Maktaaq chowder. They were entertained by throat singers and the tunes of Igloolik’s own Northern Haze. They could purchase an array of Inuit designed and made products from the Marketplace, could participate in the yarn game, and have their names translated into Inuktitut syllabics.
As sponsors, First Air not only helps promote this special event but also assists with the transportation for the entertainers.