Southern Inuit Arts Festival thank you message from President Russell
October 06, 2017
On behalf of the Nunatukavut Community Council (NCC), I would like to thank all those that came out to the Southern Inuit Arts Festival in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on September 30, 2017.
It was a jam-packed day of activities that celebrated Southern Inuit culture, history and traditions through the arts. It included craft displays, a boat building showcase, a traditional tent with trapping demonstrations and stove cakes, kids activities and various stage performances and demonstrations. The talent and creativity among our people and communities never ceases to amaze anyone who has the opportunity to experience it.
My sincere thanks to our own NCC staff and all those who gave of their time to sit on a volunteer community steering committee to help plan the festival. I would also like to offer my appreciation to those that participated, including our artisans, crafters and performers. In particular, I want to thank our youth, who have been part of the Southern Inuit education program and proudly spoke of their role in it. This festival would not have been possible without each of you.
NCC also received tremendous support from our funders and sponsors. We are grateful for funding from Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 program and the provincial Business, Tourism, Cultural and Rural Development’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program. The Royal Inn + Suites, owned by our economic development arm Nunacor, provided a free night’s stay at the hotel and PAL Airlines/Air Borealis donated airline tickets, which were all used as door prizes at the event.
I was so pleased to see people of all ages and cultures attend the festival. Your presence meant a lot. Thank you for taking the time to be with us during this special day.