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MEDIA ADVISORY – 2023 Arctic Inspiration Prize Laureates to be Announced at Award Ceremony on May 7

Press Release

OTTAWA, ON, May 2, 2024 – The 12th Annual Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on May 7, 2024 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Up to $3.7 million is up for grabs for teams from Canada’s Arctic to support innovative projects in their communities. The awards ceremony is being held in partnership with the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference.

Media are invited to attend the ceremony, and to conduct interviews with laureates in advance. An embargoed press release announcing the winners is available upon request.


  • Announcement and presentation of up to $3.7 million to the winners of the 12th annual Arctic Inspiration Prize, including top prize of $1 million to one team.
    • Read about the 15 finalists
  • Hosted by Andrea Brazeau and Leonard Linklater, this year’s ceremony marks a return to the North, and promises to be an ambitious celebration of northern music, art, and excellence under the masterful artistic direction of Sylvia Cloutier.
  • Award presenters include: Regional Chief Kluane Adamek (Aagé), The Hon. Jeanie McLean, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Yukon; Brendan Hanley, M.P. Yukon; The Hon. Adeline Webber, Commissioner of Yukon; Tiffany Eckert-Maret, Chief Operating Officer, DDDC; Her Worship Laura Cabott, Mayor of Whitehorse; Duane Smith, Chair and CEO of IRC; and Johannes Lampe, President of the Nunatsiavut Assembly, and many, many more!


Tuesday, May 7, 2024
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Kwanlin Dün Cultural
1171 1st Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon

Fifteen projects have been shortlisted as finalists for the annual AIP, including five projects that are in the running for the top single prize of $1 million. Additional prizes will be awarded in the AIP category (up to $500,000) and the Artic Inspiration Youth Prize (up to $100,000). Read more about the finalists.

About the Arctic Inspiration Prize

As the largest annual prize in Canada, the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) inspires, enables and celebrates the achievements of the people of the North. The AIP recognizes diverse teams and enables their innovative projects in the fields of education; health and wellbeing; culture, arts and language; science and traditional knowledge; climate change; and the economy. Each year, the AIP awards: one $1 million prize, up to four prizes of up to $500,000 each, and up to seven youth prizes of up to $100,000 each. The AIP is owned and governed by the northern-led AIP Charitable Trust and is a community of Indigenous organizations, governments, industry, philanthropy, and many other partners from the North and South.

For further information: For media inquiries or to attend in person: Allison MacLachlan, Director, External Relations and Public Engagement, Rideau Hall Foundation, 613-316-3473 ,



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