Fourteen-year-old Eleanor Aupaluktuq recently won a poster contest held by the Kivalliq Inuit Association. She had never tried her hand at drawing but it’s something she started practising when the lockdowns began last March.

Aupaluktuq, who was one of dozens of people who submitted to the contest, said she was surprised her drawing was chosen.

Eleanor Aupaluktuq, 14, recently won a poster contest held by the Kivalliq Inuit Association.
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“I was really happy that I won,” she told Kivalliq News. “People have been congratulating me.”

Aupaluktuq’s mother Christina Aupaluktuq said she drew lots of inspiration from her grandmother Elizabeth Aupaluktuq and great-grandmother Nancy Aupaluktuq, both whom are artists.

“She has been getting better and better since last November,” she said.

Eleanor Aupaluktuq’s poster will be used for campaign about clean water for KIA. Her winning drawing includes an igloo, fish and a woman drawing water from the river and caribou drinking the water. Aupaluktuq also included a house to show the difference between how Inuit live now and how they used to live.

Her prize was a camping set, which she hopes to use when going fishing with her family this spring.

-Cody Punter

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