Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, Indspire has announced the 2021 Award recipients. Two Inuit take away awards this year in the Lifetime Achievement Award category and the Culture, Heritage & Spirituality category.
From Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Qapik Attagutsiak’s lifework has embodied both Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and Inuit societal values. Her lifetime has been spent living traditionally: raising dog teams, assisting with camp life, practicing midwifery and mental wellness support, sewing and child rearing. For these activities she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Now at 101 years young, Qapik’s longevity and legacy represent a shining example for young Inuit to follow.
Language and culture are foundational components of Emily Angulalik’s identity as an Inuinnaq woman — elements which she has made it her life’s mission to preserve and share. With over 20 years as a teacher and cultural ambassador, she has dedicated much of her time to educating others about Inuinnaqtun, a dialect of the Inuktitut language. From Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Emily received the Culture, Heritage & Spirituality Award.
Created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Indspire Awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. They promote self‐esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.