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First People Medals awarded

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The recipients (or their representatives) received their First People Medals October 12, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Québec

The Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, 

The Honourable J. Michel Doyon, along with the Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs, Ian Lafrenière, presented the very first First People Medal (Inuit Nation) October 12, 2021. 

This distinction recognizes the exceptional contribution of First Nations and Inuit people and highlights the careers of remarkable individuals who, through their achievements, involvement and commitment, contribute to the influence of their community, their nation or First Peoples throughout Quebec, or Canada, or internationally. 

The 2021 recipients are: Lolly Annahatak, Kangirsuk; Zebedee Nungak, Kangirsuk; Tommy Palliser, Inukjuak; Aani Palliser Tulugak, Puvirnituq; and Eliyasi Sallualuk, Puvirnituq. 

For over 40 years, Annahatak contributed to her community in culture, language, tradition, education, justice, and social services. Nungak is a recognized politician, essayist, journalist, speaker and author whose passions include the promotion of Inuit culture and preservation of Inuktitut. Palliser is a role model for many youth as founding member of the Unaaq Men’s Association, which, active for over a decade, contributes to the teaching of Inuit traditional skills to youth and young Inuit men, fostering skills and aptitudes so they become experienced hunters, and leaders. Palliser-Tulugak has been involved within the health and social services sector for most of her professional life and actively contributes to the recognition of the rights of Inuit women to health, consent, and well-being, and was instrumental in the creation of the Inuit midwifery program. Sallualuk is a well-known and highly respected elder who has always contributed to Inuit Rights as well as being a prominent community leader very involved in Inuit language and culture work. 

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