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Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize Ceremony

(May 27, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)  Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased to announce that the Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize will be awarded during a live television ceremony on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

“I am encouraged by the overwhelming response to the Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize. With more than sixty submissions, it is clear to me that there is a real need for Inuktut literature. To everyone who submitted, I thank you and I encourage you to keep writing,” said Aluki Kotierk, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

The Inuktuuqta! celebration will be available for viewing on June 3, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 PM EST, hosted by UvagutTV. Watch on Shaw Direct basic satellite channel 267, Arctic Co-op cable channel 240, on-line: and live-streamed on the UvagutTV Facebook page.


This one-hour event will be hosted by NTI President Aluki Kotierk and Nunavut Independent Television (NITV) Executive Director Lucy Tulugarjuk, featuring musical performances by Terry Uyaraq and Aasiva.

The protection, promotion, and revitalization of Inuktut—in all aspects of life in Nunavut—is one of NTI’s five priorities. The Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize will contribute to achieving this goal, creating Inuktut literature and increasing the everyday use and understanding of Inuktut.

The Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize will award one author with $80,000 and support to continue writing over the course of a year, including a writing residency and mentorship to develop the winning material into a book. Four additional prizes will be awarded in the values of $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000. Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation will work with the authors to complete and publish a book and a compilation of the other materials.

The five nominees will be contacted by Aluki Kotierk.

For further information:
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated