MEDIA RELEASE: QIA Announces Winners of the 2020 Song/Poem Contest

MEDIA RELEASE: QIA Announces Winners of the 2020 Song/Poem Contest

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Iqaluit, Nunavut – August 7, 2020 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Inuktitut song/poem contest. The contest was part of our Inuktitut Language month activities and solicited entries from all over the Qikiqtani Region.

The winners are usually awarded at the end the Inuktitut Language Month celebrations. We experienced delays this year due to office closures and emergency response initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The prizes of $400 first place, $300 second place, and $200 third place are awarded to:

$400 First Place Winner, Jeremy Attagutsiak

  • Lives in Arctic Bay
  • Submitted a song called “Isiravin”
  • The song is about “a person coming in and lighting up the room and lighting up the future with their energy”
  • He was working on this song for a long time and was motivated to complete the lyrics for our contest

$300 Second Place Winner, Charlie Quasa

  • Originally from Igloolik
  • Wrote a poem call “Aqiattuttiapaa” about “going out hunting and fishing during winter and spring, harvesting for the elders and the community, enjoying having a feast with families and friends”

$200 Third Place Winner, Ivan Angili Koonoo and William Koonoo

  • They are brothers who live in Pond Inlet
  • Original song “Tullugakuluk” features Ivan on keyboards and William on vocals
  • The brothers had fun with an improvisational song which they submitted to our contest

For more information, please contact:

Sima Sahar Zerehi,

Director of Communications,

Qikiqtani Inuit Association

867.975.8413 or 1.800.667.2742

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