Nunavut Day to see live concerts, community barbecues

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Nunavut Day across the territory will be filled with live concerts, community barbecues, door prizes, tea and bannock with elders.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. released its full list of Nunavut Day activities on Friday.

It includes a mix of in-person and online festivities after the COVID-19 pandemic forced mostly virtual events for the past two years.

In Iqaluit, a community barbecue will kick off the celebrations at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Igluvut parking lot until 4 p.m. A live concert will take place at the same time in the parking lot and door prizes will be drawn throughout the afternoon.

In Rankin Inlet, people will be able to grab burgers at a community barbecue and listen to live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. near the Singiituq complex.

A tea and bannock making session for seniors will also take place in Rankin Inlet.

In Cambridge Bay, similar events will take place, including a community barbecue and door prizes from 1 to 4 p.m. at Municipal Heritage Park.

For Nunavut Day, all hunter and trapper organizations in the territory will receive funding of up to $5,000 to organize their own events, Joanasie Akumalik, who works with NTI, said in an interview.

The money will be allocated according to the population of each community.

Akumalik said if it rains on Saturday, events in Iqaluit will likely take place inside the Aqsarniit Hotel and Conference Center.

“We’re just asking people to come and enjoy and celebrate Nunavut Day,” he said.

“It will be good to see people come together again and see people we haven’t seen in a while. This is for all children and adults.

Sanikiluaq has also released its own full schedule of events, including a Nunavut Day parade starting at 10 a.m. and a traditional food feast at noon. A bonfire must take place around 11 p.m.

NTI has already kicked off its virtual Nunavut Day celebrations across the territory, including a home cooking challenge and a home, boat and cabin decorating contest in all three regions.

Prizes for the home cooking challenge include $3,000 for the best adult recipe entry and $5,000 for the best house, boat or cabin decoration.

More details on the events and how to enter contests for Nunavut Day can be found on the NTI website.

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