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NEWS: Nunavut December 06, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut songwriters earn cash in Inuktut song contest

Nunavut government hands out thousands to songwriters from across the territory

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Leetia Kalluk, seen here outside the Nunavut Sivuniksavut school in Ottawa earlier this year, has won the Government of Nunavut's annual Inuktut songwriting contest. The Arctic Bay native will take home $5,000 in prize money for the honour and have her song,
Leetia Kalluk, seen here outside the Nunavut Sivuniksavut school in Ottawa earlier this year, has won the Government of Nunavut's annual Inuktut songwriting contest. The Arctic Bay native will take home $5,000 in prize money for the honour and have her song, "Qaigialaurit" included on a CD of this year's top songs. (SOUNDCLOUD PHOTO)

The Government of Nunavut is about to hand out thousands of dollars in prizes to up-and-coming Nunavut songwriters.

The territory’s Department of Culture Heritage announced last Thursday, Nov. 30, this year’s winners of the Qilaut Songwriting Contest, an annual event intended to promote the Inuktut languages and creativity among youth.

“I am especially pleased that so many young Nunavummiut participated in this year’s contest,” said Culture and Heritage Minister David Joanasie, in a Nov. 30 news release. “It demonstrates the vibrancy of our youth, and their pride in using Inuktut in creative ways.”

The top three winners, whose songs were chosen based on originality, melody and lyrics, receive $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500, respectively. The seven runners-up each get $500. This year, 23 people entered the contest and winners hailed from all three regions of Nunavut.

Here are this year’s winning songs and songwriters:

• 1st prize: “Qaigialaurit” by Leetia Kalluk of Arctic Bay

• 2nd prize: “Angijuq” by Joey Nowyuk of Pangnirtung

• 3rd prize: “Aullarniaqtunga” by Abraham Eetak of Arviat

Here are the runners-up:

• “Kihingmiuqlunuk” by Abraham Eetak of Arviat

• “Nagligijaugavit” by Corey Panika of Rankin Inlet

• “Angirrarviga” by Angela Amarualik of Igloolik

• “Ataata” by Colleen Nakashuk of Iqaluit

• “Inuinnaujaami” by Gordon Kaniak of Kugluktuk

• “Maanna” by Leetia Kalluk of Arctic Bay

• “Hilami Ulapkiyami” by Gordon Kaniak of Kugluktuk

All 10 songs will be professionally recorded on a CD to be distributed in February to coincide with the 2018 Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut.

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(4) Comments:

#1. Posted by The horrible aesthete on December 08, 2017

She’s so very beautiful.

#2. Posted by Kenn Harper on December 08, 2017

Congratulations to my grandson Joey Nowyuk and to all the other winners.

#3. Posted by Dolly on December 09, 2017

Inuit education boards should really try and provide Inutituut classes for newcomers to the north, really.

#4. Posted by Okuk, Cambridge Bay on December 10, 2017

A very good comment #3, because Inuit have been in charge of this
for many years.
Do the education boards not realize it is up to them to start Inuktitut
classes?
Maybe they want everyone to speak only English?
That is the way it is going in Western Nunavut.
Only ourselves to blame!!

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