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The legendary chill of a Winnipeg winter was warmed by Northerners during the first week of February, when the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC), the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association co-hosted the first ever Northern Perspectives conference. Held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the event showcased the culture of Nunavut, while promoting Nunavut businesses and expanding economic opportunities through partnerships with Manitoba businesses.

NVision’s Shelley Burke, Ron Ryan, and Geoff Rigby were onsite to support the conference, with Shelley and Ron moderating several of the conference sessions, and Geoff documenting the proceedings.

The conference sessions covered a wide variety of topics, including:
• Energy in Nunavut
• Best Practices in Employment Readiness
• The Social & Economic Value of Art in Nunavut
• Climate Change
• Transportation in the North
• Business Opportunities and the Future
• Branding Tourism in Nunavut

NVision’s Victor Tootoo, President of BRCC, participated in the “Business Opportunities and the Future” session, and provided a summary of emerging prospects in Nunavut.

A conference highlight was a fashion show featuring the most recent designs by Ugly Fish and other up-and-coming Nunavut designers and companies. The work was stylish, attractive and playful, with work ranging from sealskin parkas to knitted hats and scarves to dresses featuring syllabics. The most buzz-worthy items were probably the Klik-themed onesie, and a line of Pilot Biscuit sweaters and leggings. We’re looking forward to next years lines; maybe a Red Rose Tea dress ? Nunavut fashion, as always, providing a feast for the eyes AND the palate!

BRCC hopes to hold Northern Perspectives every two years, alternating with its highly successful Ottawa-based Northern Lights conference. Can't wait!
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