Shewchuk congratulated Fur Design and Production students Susie Akpalialuk, Stella Awa, Christina Ijjangiaq, Mary Natsiq, Mona Netser, Kitty Pearson, Margaret Pudlat, Mary Wilman and their Senior Instructor, Meeka Kilabuk, on a job very well done. He also encouraged the College's current and future fur designers, seamstresses, hunters and all Nunavummiut who rely on sealing and fur to continue supporting this important, and irreplaceable aspect of our economy and culture.
In his ministerial statement before the House, Minister Shewchuk announced this year’s Fur Re-invented designer award in women’s wear was presented to Igloolik student Stella Awa. Stella was recognized with a Fur Re-Invented Designer award in women’s wear for her women’s poncho. In the Men’s wear category, he announced Coral Harbour student Mona Netser was recognized with an award for her seal skin men's jacket. Iqaluit student Mary Wilman was also presented with an award in the Accessories category for the seal skin belt she created.
"Mr. Speaker, the excellent performance of our students at this high-profile event is an indication of the high level of dedication and professionalism on behalf of both the students and their instructors," said Shewchuk. "Since the program was first established in 2006, Nunavut Arctic College has gained recognition in the fur design world as a leader and innovator, particularly in sealskin design. This is the sixth year our students have participated in this exciting contest and we are grateful to the festival organizers and the Fur Council of Canada supporting our students with the opportunity to participate."
"Each of these incredible Inuit women have created original seal skin garments and accessories, while at the same time, helping to revive the importance of seals on the national and international stage," he said.
Apply today for the Arctic College Fur Production and Design Program
The Arctic College Fur Design and Production Program offers students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful in the sealskin fur garment industry. This ten month program focuses on traditional Inuit methods and technologies to prepare skins, design, and sew garments, as well as on commercial and contemporary methods for fur design and production. Business courses will familiarize students with market, consumer demand, and assist the students to become successful in both cottage industries and small business. In the Studio Practicum students will complete a six week program that will culminate in a presentation of a Collection / Fashion Show of completed Fur Fashions. The program is designed be delivered in a modular format, with courses varying in length from two to six weeks. This enables a student to be accepted on either full time or part time basis.