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The Watt Scholarship

Sep 20, 2022
by Evan Maydaniuk
Damaris Nutarasungnik -IBR

You have once again made it possible to award the Watt Scholarship in 2022. 

Thanks to the support of generous donors like you, the Watt Scholarship has been supporting emerging Inuit leaders in the arts since 1995. Donations make it possible for each recipient to receive a $2,500 scholarship for their post-secondary studies.

Damaris Nutarasungnik of Arviat, Nunavut is one of this year’s recipients! 

Damaris is currently enrolled in the Inuit Studies program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, ON where she focuses on Inuktitut language and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. She wants to honour her cultural roots by having a stronger written and oral understanding of her ancestral language. Through her studies of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, she hopes to infuse traditional Inuit knowledge into her passion for social justice. 

“My interest is in my community and justice services because I believe I can make a difference in the future. My goal for my career is to help others especially within my community in Arviat, NU, because it is important that a local should be part of the justice team to gain trust. This scholarship helped me with finances for my courses. I am pleased to be awarded the IAF Watt Scholarship!” - Damaris Nutarasungnik, Watt Scholarship Recipient


We look forward to seeing what Damaris does next and will keep you posted!


Past recipients of the Watt Scholarship include our current Board President Dr. Heather L. Igloliorte, and Niap (Nancy Saunders), an award-winning multidisciplinary artist originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, QC, whose work has been collected by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario and many other galleries.

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As a donor, you provide so many opportunities for artists to explore their practices, learn new skills and grow. You raise global awareness and appreciation for Inuit art. You help artists across Inuit Nunaat and beyond connect to opportunities, have platforms for their work to be seen and build their careers. Thank you so much for making a difference!