ITK hon­ours lo­cal peo­ple at AGM in Nain

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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