Qulliit marks each International Women’s Day with the presentation of Wise Woman and Outstanding Young Woman Awards. These awards are presented to women who are role models in their communities and who provide outstanding volunteer, advocacy work, support, education, counselling, leadership and caregiver service to others. These woman are dedicated and committed to improving the lives of women and families in Nunavut. Each year we present these awards as a way of honoring women and to foster and promote the growth of positive activities in our communities and encouraging all women to participate in creating a strong, healthy and prosperous Nunavut.
The Council selects the recipients of the these awards from nominations received from across the territory. Last year we received a variety of nominations, showcasing the various talents, efforts, and selflessness that many Nunavummiut women demonstrate on a daily basis.
For 2015-16, the council selected Hannah Benoit of Rankin Inlet to receive the Wise Woman Award. Hannah serves as a role model to people of Rankin Inlet and is well respected as an elder. She engages in cultural work and teaches traditional skills. She is very active in her community.
Sarah Jancke of Cambridge Bay is receiving the Outstanding Young Woman Award for her community engagement on the Hamlet Council, National Inuit Youth Council, local recreation committee and youth centre. She is always looking for ways to improve herself and encouraging other youth to do the same. She sees a very important role for youth in the future of Nunavut.
Maatali Okalik of Iqaluit is receiving the Outstanding young Woman Award for her strong leadership role as President of the National Inuit Youth Council and for her engagement of political leaders on youth issues. Maatali is actively engaged in spreading awareness of issues and acknowledges positive contributions of other Inuit through social media. She recognizes the importance of culture, education and language.