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Canadian Inuit leader Mary Simon presented with High North Hero award in Norway – RCI

by ahnationtalk on April 19, 2018370 Views

19 April, 2018

Mary Simon will be returning to Canada from her trip to Norway with another award to add to her already impressive collection of honours that includes the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebec.

The Canadian Inuit leader is the 2018 recipient of the High North Hero award, presented to her by the High North Center for Business and Governance at the Nord University Business School in Bodo, Norway.

The award, which also comes with a NOK 50,000 prize (about $8,000 Cdn), is given every spring since 2016 to someone who has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North and the Arctic, organizers said.

“Mary Simon, has been outstanding over decades in her engagement for improving the situation, living conditions and welfare of indigenous people of the Arctic,” said in a statement Frode Mellemvik, director of the High North Center for Business and Governance.

“Her contributions have raised international awareness of the Arctic, both of opportunities for value creation and of challenges to succeed in the work to realize these opportunities.”

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