Rita Claire Mike-Murphy, the host of Taqqut Productions’ Anaana’s Tent, won the Emerging Talent Award at the Youth Media Alliance’s Excellence Gala in Toronto May 29.
Mike-Murphy accepted her award in Inuktitut, before speaking in English.
“I want to thank the fans of Anaana’s Tent, the parents and the children, my family and my friends who are always supportive in whatever I’m doing,” she said.
“I encourage everyone to watch Anaana’s Tent. It’s not only educating for the children. There’s a lot of content about our Inuit culture.”
Each year the Emerging Talent Award is given to a promising professional whose achievements have made them a rising star in children’s programming. This award was created to encourage young creators and broadcast professionals to outdo themselves and pursue a career in youth production, according to a Taqqut Productions news release.
Anaana’s Tent is a bilingual educational preschool series on APTN, which teaches Inuktitut.
Mike-Murphy is from Pangnirtung, and also performs as musician Riit. She has shared the stage with top Nunavut artists, including The Jerry Cans, as well as Twin Flames, Elisapee Isaac, and performed at the 2018 Juno Awards.