The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation received the top prize of $1 million at the Arctic Inspiration Prize's sixth annual awards gala in Ottawa in early 2018.
The foundation's project is a traditional healing program for Inuit, First Nations and Métis people in the Northwest Territories that brings on-the-land and culturally-based healing and educational practices to clients at risk of suicide and/or incarceration. The first project will be setting up canvas tents and teepees for traditional healing, counselling and education programs near the new Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife. Longer term, they'll be moving into communities around the NWT to provide access to traditional healing and cultural education.
The Dene Heroes Publication Project, from Dakota Orlias in Colville Lake, was the other NWT project to win a big prize. They were awarded $100,000 in the youth category.