Office of the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean

Office of the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean

February 01, 2011 11:53 ET

Michaelle Jean to Celebrate Arctic Culture and Identity at ITK Gala

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2011) - The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean will deliver a keynote address at the second edition of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami's (ITK) A Taste of the Arctic, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., at the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa.

Marking the 40th anniversary of ITK, the event will convene over 300 dignitaries in a celebration of Arctic culture and identity. In its second edition, Taste of the Arctic will raise funds for the Nunavik-based Avataq Cultural Institute, which promotes Inuit culture and language.

Co-emceed by Kevin Kablutsiak and Shelly Watkins, the event will feature performances by singer Elisapie Isaac, spoken word artist Taqralik Partridge, and an acrobatic number by ArtCirq. Dignitaries will also hear remarks and messages from ITK President Mary Simon, comedian Rick Mercer, and Avataq President, Charlie Arngak. Fashion models will be on hand to showcase sealskin clothing designed by Vicky Okpik of Nunavik Creations.

About the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is currently UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation (FMJF). Between 2005 and 2010, she served as 27th governor general and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. Deeply invested in causes related to global solidarity, human rights, youth empowerment, women's rights and the arts and culture, Madame Jean continues to engage with Canadians from one ocean to the other in their efforts to create more harmonious, dynamic, inclusive, fraternal and prosperous communities. 

About Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), formerly Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, is the national voice of 55,000 Inuit living in 53 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador), land claims regions. Inuit call this vast region Inuit Nunangat.Founded in 1971 ITK represents and promotes the interests of Inuit on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political, issues and challenges facing Inuit on the national level.

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