Spotlight on Nunavik with the launch of the “Northern Inspiration” contest!

Montréal,  April 17, 2014 – CPAWS Québec and its partners, the Kativik Regional Government (KRG), the Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau Québec (FCNQ), and First Air are pleased to announce today's launch of their “Northern Inspiration” contest, with a Grand Prize of a trip for two to Pingualuit National Park, valued at nearly $15,000.00!

Why a contest?

With its climate and topography, Nunavik's ecosystems are exceptional, while also very vulnerable to disturbance. “Because of Nunavik's unique and impressive biodiversity, as well as the increasing levels of industrial development, CPAWS strongly supports the will of Inuit communities to expand the local network of protected areas. Beyond the environmental aspects, we must remember that biodiversity is the backbone of the culture, way of life, and food security of these communities”, explains Patrick Nadeau, Executive Director of CPAWS Québec.

“The reality in Nunavik is evolving, and new projects are appearing in the communities, states Lisa Koperqualuk, Senior Manager, Comm. & Public Relations at FCNQ. Sustainable tourism opportunities are increasingly available, and co-op hotels are present in 13 northern communities. We invite as many people as possible to come and discover the beauty of our north!”

It is for these reasons – both to help Quebecers discover Nunavik, and also to raise their awareness on the need for balancing conservation and economic development – that CPAWS Québec and its partners felt the need to organise the “Northern Inspiration” contest. 

How to participate

All residents of Québec can participate in the “Northern Inspiration” contest. Participants need only log onto the website and submit a short text of 1200 characters, explaining their interest for Nunavik and why it is important to protect its ecosystems. Texts can be written in either English or French ( The author of the best text will win the Grand Prize trip, as selected by the jury based on the following criteria: inspiration, originality, and writing quality.

“First Air is thrilled to provide air transportation to allow the Grand Prize winner to visit beautiful Pingualuit National Park. As The Airline of the North, this is another opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to social responsibility and our leadership in northern transportation services”, says Shelly De Caria, First Air’s Manager of Business Development in Nunavik.

The contest will be open until May 31, 2014 at midnight. The winner will be revealed in June 2014, on the CPAWS Québec website.

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Information requests

Murielle Renard
Communications manager – CPAWS Québec
514.278.7627 x 221