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Outdoor education, mental health and climate change initiatives compete for AIP 

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Dena Zagi: Dennis Shorty & Jennifer Fröhling will play during the Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony. Brian Ladue

On March 4, 2022, the AIP will announce its newest laureates in a virtual ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be a pan-Arctic celebration with a retrospective of the past 10 years. The ceremony will also feature northern musical performances and art. The ceremony will be hosted by northern artists and performers Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and William Greenland with lead artistic director Leela Gilday. Performances include PIQSIQ, Dena Zagi and the Huqqullaaqatigiit Drum Dancers. 

Ten exceptional “by the North, for the North” projects have been selected as finalists for this year’s prize. 

$1 MILLION CATEGORY FINALISTS: 

CANAPY – Collective Action for Nature-based Active Play and Youth Employment 

Team Leaders: Maxime Crawford-Holland and Jenyfer Neumann 

This project aims to create a three-year, Yukon-wide youth employment program for secondary students in the recreation field and free, accessible, after-school programming. 

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Team Leaders: George Kauki and Sarah May 

This project would bring together elders, addiction counsellors, hunters, scholars and community members to address the root causes of addiction in Nunavik. The proposal includes a new 32-bed facility to support families following the recovery program together. 

AIP CATEGORY (UP TO $500,000) FINALISTS: 

Fish Camp at Happy’s Landing 

Team Leader: Diane E Koe 

This project proposes hosting a traditional fishing camp in the Northwest Territories for young people, elders and others. The dryfish produced would be shared among camp attendees and with Gwich’in families and elders in the community who cannot make their own. 

Huqqullaaqatigiit Cambridge Bay drum dancers will perform at the 10th anniversary of the Arctic Inspiration Prize. Qaggiavuut

Hope House 

Team Leader: Peggy Day 

Hope House in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region aims to provide clients experiencing homelessness with supports including mental health counselling and referrals to rehabilitation, social housing programs, and labour market opportunities. 

Indigenous Community Safety Partnership Program 

Team Leader: Gina Nagano 

This project hopes to empower Yukon First Nations to address root causes of inter-generational trauma, violence, and vulnerability, through first-of-its-kind Indigenous-led training, certification and mentorship. 

Miinga – Mental Health Resource Mobile App 

Team Leader: Diana Selguero 

Miinga proposes to develop a mobile app that would provide Nunavummiut with a directory for mental health and emergency resources in the territory. 

Supporting Wellbeing 

Team Leader: Rachel Cluderay 

PIQSIQ: sisters Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik are Inuit throat singers from Arctic Canada.   PIQSIQ

This project proposes to develop a training program that would provide tools and resources for people who deliver land-based programming in the Northwest Territories. 

Tuktoyaktuk Community Climate Resiliency Project 

Team Leader: Kendyce Cockney 

This project plans to help prepare the community to make difficult decisions regarding climate change, including 

possible relocation. 

YOUTH CATEGORY (UP TO $100,000) FINALISTS: 

Indigenous Youth River Guide Training 

Team Leader: Angela Koe-Blake 

This program aims to remove barriers and create opportunities for youth to learn land-based skills such as flatwater and whitewater canoeing, wilderness medicine and whitewater rescue training to become wilderness guides in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. 

Treaty Talks 

Team Leader: Jacey Firth-Hagen 

This project plans to bring education back to the land by creating an On the Land Treaty Education Camp for youth, elders and community members in the Northwest Territories. 

Each winning team will receive a piece of original artwork that represents the themes of the laureate teams. Each of this year’s pieces were created by a past AIP laureate or finalist, helping to connect the past 10 years of impact with the work that is about to come to life. 

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