MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - This evening, the Avataq Cultural
Institute is holding an extraordinary event at the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts. In attendance will be top Nunavik policy makers, business
people and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Élizabeth Larouche. The
guests will be attending the very first Avataq fundraiser in support of
Inuit language and culture. Time honoured traditions and modernity come
together through performances by Elisapie Isaac, Akinesie Sivuaraapik,
Taqralik Partridge, the Nunavik Youth Theater and the young talents of
the Pivallianiq-KMHB Hip-hop Club, one of the components of an
extensive social intervention program in Nunavik, financed by the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ).
"It is our responsibility to create occasions to share our rich culture
and language with our neighbours, friends and partners to the 'South',
and to impress upon everyone the importance of preserving them. I see
in the enthusiastic response to our invitation by business people and
the government a gesture of solidarity and respect, a sign of faith in
the future and in our mission's success. It also sends a promising sign
for our territory's development, which must be done for the benefit of
our people, with respect for our land and who we are, and through true
collaboration between equals," said Charlie Arngak, President of the
Avataq Cultural Institute.
Bringing together so many important players from Inuit communities, the
private sector and the government for this cultural event is also
unprecedented. "But most of all, it is a signal to the Inuit in the
fourteen Northern Québec communities. A signal that says how much we
appreciate and respect this people, how much we value their uniqueness
and how proud we are of their contributions to the diverse heritages of
Québec and the Nations of the world", said Jean-François Arteau, Vice
President of Housing Development at the SHQ and honorary president of the evening.
Funds raised during the event will provide tangible support for many
projects including the play Kautjajuk, written in Inuktitut by Adamie Kalingo and Alexis Martin, and
performed in its original language by 30 young Nunavik actors.
Since 1980, the Avataq Cultural Institute has been working to protect
the language and promote the culture and identity of the Inuit people
of Nunavik (Northern Québec) so that future generations can thrive from
the rich heritage passed down by their ancestors. The Institute is a
non-profit organization mandated by Nunavik's Elders' Conference.
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