To the beat of Inuit drummers and with the soaring music of Susan Aglukark, Famous 5 Ottawa was able to honour 3 great nation builders from Canada’s Arctic. Mary Simon, Sheila Watt Cloutier and Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak – in partnership with the NAC Northern Scene and the ITK – held a sold out highly successful luncheon which was attended by deputy ministers, MPs & Senators from coast to coast to coast and international representatives to Canada. Norton Rose Mentorship Recipient Kathleen Merritt described the lives of young Inuit women and what they need to get ahead. Rosemary Thompson, as always, was able to draw from these northern pioneers some of the most interesting aspects of their lives. All raised in the traditional way (including travelling by dog sled) they talked about their commitment to their people and how they enhanced Canada’s place in the northern hemisphere. Famous 5 Ottawa was proud to host this dynamic, informative and relevant luncheon.
Famous 5 Ottawa’s outreach program also had Sheila Watt Cloutier speaking to over 60 post-secondary graduates at Algonquin College, Mary Simon speaking at Ashbury College and all three nation builders on CTV’s Power Play, hosted by Don Martin.