Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Cathy Towtongie today announced that NTI had chosen the three carvers who will create the monument commissioned to celebrate the significant achievements of the people involved in negotiating the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
“I offer personal thanks to all the carvers who submitted applications. I wish there was a way to have everyone contribute to this piece,” said Towtongie. “I am so very pleased to announce that Inuk Charlie of Taloyoak, Paul Malliki of Repulse Bay, and Looty Pijamini of Grise Fiord have been chosen to create this masterpiece. We have true regional representation, and we have a team of master carvers.”
Interested carvers were asked to submit applications to participate in the monument. A jury reviewed the applications and chose Charlie, Malliki and Pijamini for their inspiration, creativity, and wealth of experience.
The trio of carvers will hold an open house this afternoon at 1 p.m. at Building 728 in Iqaluit to showcase their suggested designs. The team will work on the monument over the next three years. It is scheduled to be unveiled on July 9, 2013, the day Nunavummiut celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NLCA.
“I look forward to seeing their creation. This will be such a tribute to the efforts of everyone who helped conceive, negotiate, and now implement the NLCA,” said Towtongie.