The Hon. Daniel Shewchuk, Minister of Environment
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Once again, I am pleased to announce that a student of the Arctic College Fur Production and Design Program recently won the “fur re-invented” student design contest at the North American Fur and Fashion Exposition in Montreal (NAFFEM), May 2 to 4.
The Department of Environment is a proud supporter of the Fur Production and Design Program and would like to offer congratulations to Rosie Audlakiak, this year’s grand prize winner.
Rosie is originally from Qikiqtarjuaq, is a first year fur production and design student currently studying at the Iqaluit campus. Her winning design was a red sealskin women’s vest which also incorporated fox and raccoon fur. The garment was showcased on the fashion runway at NAFFEM and was on display for the duration of the event.
Rosie’s success is the latest of many of the Fur Production and Design Program and is an indication of the high level of dedication and professionalism on behalf of both the students and their instructors. Thanks to them, Nunavut Arctic College has gained recognition in the fur design world as a leader and innovator, particularly in sealskin design. This is the third year our students have participated in this exciting contest and we are grateful to the festival organizers supporting our students with the opportunity to participate.
Our sealskin and fur designers promote the Nunavut sealing and fur industry by presenting their own fashionable designs and conveying the cultural significance behind their work to the international audience attending these high-profile events. We must continue to celebrate our designers, seamstresses, hunters, and all Nunavummiut who rely on sealing and fur through successes such as this. Ma’na, Mr. Speaker.