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Nominations Open For Arctic Inspiration Prize

Nominations Open For Arctic Inspiration Prize

Up to $3 million in prize money is up for grabs for Northern organizations and teams with big ideas for the future.
By Jacob Boon
Jul 10

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is now accepting nominations for next year’s awards, and one lucky team could walk away with $1 million in cash.

The annual contest awards up to $3 million in prizes (spread out across three categories) to projects by Northerners that demonstrate real-world application and benefit to the Arctic and its peoples.

“Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of accelerating changes in the Arctic environment, culture, technology, and economy requires innovative approaches, mobilizing the best knowledge from various sources into concrete solutions,” reads the online call for entries.

Winners last year included a Pond Inlet preschool, Cambridge Bay art program, and farm training in the Yukon. A total of $2.6 million was given out to five winners at the AIP gala in Whitehorse.

The AIP is the largest prize in Canada dedicated to Arctic funding. It was created in 2012 by Vancouver couple Arnold Witzig and Sima Sharifi, who’ve so far donated more than $60 million to the organization's charitable trust.

“The motivation for the Arctic Inspiration Prize is derived from our wish as immigrants to contribute to the future of our adopted country of choice with a focus on the Canadian Arctic, its major challenges and opportunities in the face of rapid changes in environment, culture, technology and economy,” the co-founders state on AIP’s website.

In a change to this year’s rules, nominations for teams can now only be made by official AIP ambassadors. To help get the word out, Northerners can print and share this call-for-nominations poster (in English, French, and Inuktitut). Spreading awareness of the call for nominations is essential to the success of the prize, says executive director Marti Ford, and for “ensuring that inspiring teams have their innovative projects realized.”

Any interested potential teams looking for feedback on the eligibility of their ideas can submit a Letter of Intent any time before September 9, 2019. Nominations will be due by October 15, 2019.