Alicia Aragutak from Umiujaq, Quebec, is the 2020 Inuit Youth Indspire Award winner. She accepted her award at the Indspire banquet in Ottawa, Ontario, March 6, 2020 at the National Arts Centre.
Aragutak has travelled to Peru, New Zealand,and South Africa to speak about the vital importance of Indigenous culture. During her tenure as the founder and ﬁrst President of the Qarjuit Youth Council, she held Inuit youth consultations for all 14 Nunavik communities, creating pioneering programs to bring youth and elders together. She served as a Youth Ambassador for the Qanuilirpitaa? survey initiative that examined the health of the Nunavik population, and engaged in a regional Arctic Policy Framework roundtable, helping to build a long-term vision for the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic.
In her current position as Executive Director of the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre, Aragutak helps facilitate a culturally sensitive treatment and healing process that addresses the role intergenerational trauma plays in addiction, grounding patient recovery in traditional Inuit practices.
The Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.