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LETTERS: Nunavut July 25, 2012 - 2:58 pm

A letter of gratitude

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I would like to write a letter of gratitude in your newspaper.

I wish to thank the members of the community of Iqaluit for coming out to the Celebration of the Seal event held June 22, 2012 at the Sylvia Grinnell Pavilion.

I wish to thank the Government of Nunavut and the Department of Environment’s fisheries and sealing division for their contributions and continued support of this event, as well as the Department of Culture and Heritage. I also wish to thank the Fur Institute of Canada for their continued support and for coming out to join in our celebration.

The contributions from the following organizations and businesses made it an amazing event for all who showed up to the event:

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Qikiqtani Inuit Association, First Air, Canadian North, Northmart, Arctic Ventures, Arctic Survival, Malikkaat, the Snack, Iqaluit Gas Bar, Freedom Hair Studio, Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Baffin Electronics, Grind and Brew and the Tukisigiarvik Centre.

I wish to thank the Premier of Nunavut, Eva Aariak, the national minister of health, Leona Aglukkaq, the deputy minister of Environment, David Akeeagok, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Terry Audla, the executive director for the Fur Institute of Canada, Robert Cahill, and the chair of the Amarook Hunters and Trappers Association, Joshua Kango, for addressing those who came to the Celebration of the Seal.

I also would like to thank Palluapik Kownirk and her helpers for making seal and caribou stew and bannock, Natsiq Kango and her helpers with the selection of the winning garments and helping with the making of caribou stew and to Elisapie Davidee-Angnirmiuq and her son, Pauloosie for helping with serving the food.

Thank you to Jason for providing the sound system, to Martha Michael for lighting the qulliq, to Johnny Issaluk for the Inuit games demonstration, to the NAIP Greenlandic dancers and the Tumikuluit Day care children performing the seal hunting song, Mary Panippak for showing how to clean sealskins, to the men for catching and cutting up the seals and to Myna Ishulutak, who was the emcee. And last but not least, Paul Irngaut, Devin Imrie for barbecuing the hot dogs and Earle Baddaloo for barbecuing the char.

This event would not be possible without all of your help. Thank you all for your support and a big thank you to all who came out to join in our celebration.

Aaju Peter
Iqaluit



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