Upinnatuq Awards

In honour of Justice Beverly Browne 

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Our 2016 recipients are:

  • Colby Hickey, Iqaluit 

  • Jillian Kyak, Pond Inlet

  • Taryn Lavallee, Iqaluit

  • Nolan Sammurtok, Rankin Inlet

Read more about our 2016 recipients.

Learn more about the Award , who is eligible to nominate and criteria


2014 Recipients The Nunavut Law Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Upinnaqtuq Awards. The word “Upinnaqtuq”in Inuktitut means “to celebrate a person’s accomplishments” or “a person you are proud of”. The Recipients are:

  • Etuangat Akeeagok, Grise Fiord
  • Kiyanna Drachenberg,Iqaluit
  • Margaret Gauthier, Iqaluit
  • Hayden Hickey, Iqaluit
  • Scott Kiluksishak, Pond Inlet
  • Kaj Sandbakken, Iqaluit
  • Veronica Uttak,Repulse Bay
  • Aloka Wijesooriya, Iqaluit

 

View our photo gallery from the November 14 Iqaluit celebrations!

Board member Marie Belleau                          Lighting of the Qulliq by Annie,                                                                   Kaj’s grandmother

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 Recipient Hayden Hickey from Iqaluit

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Recipient Margaret Gauthier (middle front) with her parents(left) and nominator teacher Jeremy Smith (back row) and Mandy Sammurtok (far right)

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Recipient Kaj Sandbakken (far left) with family membes, nominator teacher Jeremy Smith (back row right) and Mandy Sammurtok (far right)

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Recipient Kiyanna Drachenberg (left)           Recipient Hayden’s Hickey’s Dad (left)  with Mandy Sammurtok (right)                             with Many Sammurtok (right)

Recipient Aloka Wijesooriya’s mom (left) with Mandy Sammurtok (right)

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2013 Upinnaqtuq Awards

November 13,2013 Media Advisory : English here and Inuktitut here
November 28, 2013 Nunatsiaq News article:Nunavut Law Foundation hands out Upinnaqtuq awards

The Upinnaqtuq Awards were created in 2011 to honour of Madame Justice Beverly Browne, who sat as a Territorial Court Judge in the Northwest Territories from 1990 until 1999 before becoming the first Senior Judge of the unified Nunavut Court of Justice upon Nunavut’s creation until 2009.

The Awards commemorate Justice Browne’s active volunteerism in Nunavut’s communities, her commitment to social justice, and her particular dedication to working with youth. They are awarded annually to students and youth throughout Nunavut who demonstrate qualities of leadership in conflict resolution or remarkable progress in rehabilitation.

 

November 2013 UPINNAQTUQ AWARD EVENT in Iqaluit:

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Board members with Iqaluit recipients.

(Missing from photo is Chantel Kunuk)

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Great turn out from family, friends and community members!