The Inuit Heritage Trust (IHT) has announced the recipients of their 2015 Elder Awards Program.
The Elders’ recognition Award is given out every two years to nunavut Elders to recognize their contributions in helping other nunavummiut understand Inuit culture, heritage and archaeology. The IHT seeks recommendations from communities, heritage organizations as well as IHT board and staff to identify candidates from across nunavut (Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani regions) for the awards. Each elder receives $1,500.
This year’s winners are:
Pitseolak Niviaqsi – Cape Dorset, BAFFIN: for his commitment to share Inuit values, survival and hunting techniques, and traditional stories on local radio.
Levi Illuitok – Kugaaruk, KITIKMEOT: for taking students on camping and land programs and sharing his knowledge and traditions for many years.
Peter Nakoolak – Coral Harbour, KIVALLIQ: for instructing youth and adults how to make traditional tools such as ulus and panas and for sharing his story of his family’s relocation and what it takes to cope through mental health skills and encouraging youth to be strong and willing to speak up about their culture, land and the animals they consume.