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2013 Short List Announced for Million Dollar Arctic Inspiration Prize

October 24, 2013

HALIFAX, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Six projects have been shortlisted
for the 2(nd) Annual Arctic Inspiration Prize. The $1 million Prize was established
in 2012 to support projects that translate knowledge to action to
benefit Canada’s Arctic and its Peoples.

Project teams selected for the 2013 shortlist are as follows:

The AVATIVUT Program – A community program engaging Inuit youth in scientific research
including long-term environmental monitoring through scientist-led
Learning and Evaluation Situations. www.cen.ulaval.ca/avativut

CANHelp Working Group – A research program working with northern community leaders to
communicate research findings and address concerns about the health
risks of Helicobacter pylori infection, a bacterial infection linked to high frequencies of stomach
diseases in Arctic populations. www.canhelpworkinggroup.ca

The Hudson Bay Network – A community-based research and monitoring program in eastern Hudson
Bay which would provide training and digital platforms to share
knowledge and assess the impacts of environmental change. www.arcticeider.com

Ikaarvik: From Barriers to Bridges – Connecting 5 Inuit communities with scientific researchers at Southern
zoos and aquariums, providing the opportunity to participate in
community-based science, and promoting understanding of Arctic issues
to all Canadians. www.arcticonnexion.ca/en and www.vanaqua.org

The National Strategy on Inuit Education – National Parent Mobilization
Initiative –
A national campaign to engage parents in their children’s education with
the key message: “Getting children to school every day, all day, well
rested and ready to learn.” https://www.itk.ca/publication/national-strategy-inuit-education

SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik - An integrated action plan for healthy homes in thriving Nunatsiavut
communities. The project includes plans to build Nunatsiavut’s first
sustainable, multi-unit residential dwelling, designed and built by
Inuit for Inuit.

“We are thrilled that the goals of the prize are so broadly reflected in
the six shortlisted projects.” said Arnold Witzig, co-founder of the
Arctic Inspiration Prize. “These multidisciplinary teams include
Northerners and Southerners who are working together to bring knowledge
to real action to tackle the cause, not the symptoms, of core issues
for Northern Canadians, including health, housing, education and the

The winners will be chosen by a distinguished selection committee that
includes: the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Co-President
of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and
Chancellor of the University of Ottawa; Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC News and Anchor, The National; Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer, songwriter and Juno Award winner; Michel Allard, Professor, Centre for Northern Studies, Université Laval; Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Rhodes Scholar and founder of Dechinta: Bush University Centre for
Research and Learning; Peter Harrison, Professor, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director, School of Policy
Studies, Queen’s University; Kyla Kakfwi-Scott, Senior Advisor, Department of Health and Social Services, Government
of the Northwest Territories; Tom Paddon, President & Chief Executive Officer, Baffinland Iron Mines
Corporation; Geraldine Van Bibber, Chancellor of Yukon College and Former commissioner of Yukon; and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Inuit activist.

The winners will be announced on December 11(th) at the Arctic Inspiration Prize Ceremony to be held in conjunction with
the ArcticNet 9(th) Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place in Halifax.

For more information on this year’s shortlisted teams and the 2012
Laureates, please visit: www.arcticinspirationprize.ca

About The Arctic Inspiration Prize


The Arctic Inspiration Prize recognizes and promotes the extraordinary
contribution made by multidisciplinary teams in the gathering of Arctic
knowledge and their concrete plans to implement this knowledge into
real world applications for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its
Peoples and therefore Canada as a whole.

Nominations are accepted for projects that address the causes rather
than the symptoms of one or more of the following priority areas in the
Canadian Arctic: education, human health, socio-cultural issues, the
environment and the economy. For the purpose of the Prize, the Canadian
Arctic is defined as the region including the Yukon, the Northwest
Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik and

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is made possible through the generous
endowment of the S. and A. Inspiration Foundation, the commitment of
the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence to voluntarily manage
the Prize, as well as the contribution of numerous volunteers and

About ArcticNet


ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings
together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and
social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern
communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to
study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.
Over 140 researchers and 1000 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows,
research associates, technicians and other specialists from 30 Canadian
Universities, and numerous federal, provincial and regional departments
and agencies collaborate on 38 ArcticNet research projects with over
150 partner organizations from 14 countries.

The ArcticNet Administrative Centre is hosted at Université Laval,
Quebec City, Canada.

SOURCE ArcticNet

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