Press Release – Canada 150 Medals and Nunavut Tour
SENATOR PATTERSON TO AWARD 12 MEDALS TO UNSUNG HEROES OF NUNAVUT AND WILL TOUR THE TERRITORY TO PRESENT THEM
FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2017
In April, 2017, the Senate Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration approved a plan to commission medals that will be awarded to Canadians based on their history of volunteerism and the level of dedication and hard work they contributed to bettering their community.
12 recipients have been chosen and represent communities from all three regions in Nunavut.
“I am grateful and proud to represent such a diverse and accomplished territory. Over four months, my office received 72 nominations; all of the stories we read were heart-warming and inspiring. Unfortunately, due to the high caliber of all nominees, I was not able to recognize many worthy Nunavummiut whose names were put forward. Additionally, the Senate stipulated that nominees sitting as an elected member of a municipal or territorial government, or that have been appointed to sit on a federal board, would not qualify.
After much deliberation, I have selected 12 people, who I know have dedicated much of their lives to empowering and improving their communities and the territory as a whole.”
Recipients will be invited to fly to Ottawa for a presentation ceremony in the Senate Chamber on November 29, 2017. Alternatively, Senator Patterson will be visiting every community (barring bad weather or unforeseen circumstances) between February and April 2018, and, in addition to townhalls, meetings and speaking engagements, will plan presentation ceremonies in each community with a recipient.
“I can best represent the territory’s interests in Ottawa if I know what the people of Nunavut want. The only way to tell that is to ask them. Ottawa is making decisions that effect Nunavummiut on issues such as food security, carbon pricing and marijuana legalization. That is why I am visiting every community, to give people an opportunity to directly address these issues with me so that I can take that opinion back to Parliament.”
Details of Senator Patterson’s Nunavut 2018 Tour will be available in the coming months.
The first 150 medal was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint on June 7, 2017 and features the first sitting of the Senate on November 6, 1867 https://sencanada.ca/en/sencaplus/news/senate-medals-in-the-making-for-canadas-unsung-heroes/
List of Medal Recipients:
1. Miriam Nilaulaaq Aglukkaq– Gjoa Haven
2. Susan Avinngaq– Igloolik
3. Heather Daley–Iqaluit
4. James Eetoolook–Taloyoak
5. Ann Meekitjuk Hanson–Iqaluit
6. Bessie Haomik Joy–Cambridge Bay
7. Gamaile Kilukishak–Pond Inlet
8. Jimmy Manning–Cape Dorset
9. Poisey Mike–Pangnirtung
10. Darlene Nuqingaq–Iqaluit
11. Rosemary Angugasak Sandy–Rankin Inlet
12.Peter Tapatai–Baker Lake
For press inquiries or to request an interview contact:
Director of Parliamentary Affairs,
Office of Senator Dennis Patterson,
Senator for Nunavut