Ilitaqsiniq-NLC is awarded Arctic Inspiration Prize

Ilitaqsiniq-NLC was one of four Arctic organizations to receive the 2012 Arctic Inspiration Prize and share $1 million in seed money.

The Prize is a new initiative of the S. And A. Inspiration Foundation, founded by Arnold Witzig and wife Sima Sharifi. It was created to support multi-disciplinary teams to implement action plans that address pressing issues in Canada’s North. Priority areas are human health, literacy, food security, and sustainability of ecosystems and wildlife.

At a ceremony in Vancouver in December 2012, Ilitaqsiniq-NLC Executive Director Kim Crockatt  and several staff members accepted a cheque for $300,000. With these funds, the Ilitaqsiniq team will work with staff at two community-based organizations — the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre in Rankin Inlet and the May Hakongak Community Library & Cultural Centre in Cambridge Bay — to increase their capacity to embed literacy into currently offered non-formal traditional skills programs. Ilitaqsiniq will also help develop an evaluation toolkit that can be used by groups to effectively evaluate their non-formal programs.

In non-formal culturally-anchored programs, literacy activities are embedded in traditional activities, such as learning how to prepare caribou and seal skins for sewing.

“We envision that embedding literacy into high-quality, culturally-based programming will have a ripple effect that will exponentially impact the lives of individuals, families, and communities across the north,” says Crockatt.

Other winners of the Arctic Inspiration Prize were the Arctic Food Network, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, and Thaidene Nene Initiative.

Related Resources

Arctic Inspiration Prize website

CBC news report