June 3, 2013, Kuujjuaq, Quebec ‐ Makivvik Corporation is proud to congratulate Nunavik artisit Ulaayu Pilurtuut for her beautiful design that is featured as a five dollar collector’s coin. She is the first Nunavik Inuk artist to be selected by the Royal Mint of Canada.
Her art depicts an Inuk woman in an amautik hauling out a fish through the ice, an activity so common in the Canadian Arctic to feed families.
Makivvik President Jobie Tukkiapik says Ulaayu’s recognition makes all Nunavimmiut proud and encourages other artist to continue promoting Inuit culture through all forms of artistic expression.
Makivvik also recognizes and appreciates Mrs Nadine St‐Louis and Sacred Fire Production for their commendable work in promoting aboriginal, and more specifically Inuit art, artists and culture which makes people like Ulaayu Pilurtuut visible to Canada and indeed the world.
Ulaayu Pilurtuut is originally from Kangirsujuaq. She now makes her home in Kuujjuaq and works for the Kativik School Board. Ulaayu is a talented artist and is also a popular singer/songwriter of children songs in Inuktitut. She volunteers her time to teach Inuktitut music to youth in Nunavik .