ITK honours local people at AGM in Nain
As part of a recent ITK annual general meeting, the group representing Inuit nationally honoured a number of local people. They presented the following awards:
ITK Health Care Worker Award:
Dr. Stacey Shiwak was the first female Inuk dental therapist in Canada and went on to graduate with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2014. She operates a private practice in her home community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and is currently providing services to the Labrador Inuit community of Rigolet.
ITK Advancement of International Issues Award:
Carl McLean is the deputy minister of the Nunatsiavut government’s Department of Lands and Natural Resources. He is commissioner of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization and was appointed by the minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to serve on the minister’s Advisory Committee on Atlantic Salmon.
ITK Advancement of Language and Culture Award:
Joan Dicker has been a strong advocate for promoting and protecting Inuktitut for many generations. She was a devoted and passionate educator of who garnered much respect during her nearly 40 years at Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain. ITK Advancement of Regional Issues Award: Rita Andersen was the longest serving employee of the Nunatsiavut government and its predecessor, the Labrador Inuit Association, until her retirement in late 2015, most recently serving as interpreter/translator co-ordinator. Throughout her nearly 40-year career, she worked tirelessly to preserve, protect and enhance Labrador Inuktitut.
ITK Advancement of Youth Award:
Silpa Suarak is the Nunatsiavut government’s language program co-ordinator and helps to produce a radio show where kids call in to guess Inuktitut words. She is also helping to develop a master’s apprentice language program that will connect fluent and intermediate Inuktitut speakers.
ITK Advancement of Women Award:
Andrea Flowers is one of the few artists who knows how to make traditional black-bottom sealskin boots from start to finish. For decades she has made these beautiful and waterproof boots out of seals caught by her husband and now sons.