Twenty-ninth Annual Indspire Awards

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the 29th annual Indspire Awards.

On May 12, I was proud to be in attendance as Nunavut’s Melissa Attagutsiak was presented with the 2022 Indspire Award for Youth. Her father accepted the award on her behalf.

Mr. Speaker, Melissa is a fashion designer, owner of Nuvuja9, and student at Nunavut’s Arctic College. Melissa showcased her first collection titled “Sinaa” during the International Indigenous Fashion Week in Paris, France. Her work features traditional materials such as seal fur. Through fashion Melissa celebrates her Inuit culture and connection to our land.

I want to congratulate Melissa on her award and on pursuing her passion for fashion. She is truly a role model for young Inuit.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.