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Abraham Anghik Ruben Receives Order of Canada
On behalf of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and CEO, congratulates Abraham Anghik Ruben on receiving the Order of Canada from David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on November 17, 2016.
Abraham is a world‐renowned Inuvialuit master artist, originally from Paulatuk. The Order of Canada recognizes him for his artistic contributions as a sculptor, and for preserving his Inuvialuit culture and heritage. Powerful, compelling and exquisite are a few of the words used to describe his work. In his hands, traditional Inuit subject matter have become contemporary sculptures.
“I have always tried to learn from others, either Inuit or other elderly people who can pass on their knowledge of what life is about. I try to put that into my sculpture,” Abraham said. “For myself as an artist, it is an honour. It gives me a good feeling to be able to look beyond my work as an artist and the Order of Canada title gives a stronger voice to the work that I do.”
“Abraham’s work signifies the merging of both traditional and contemporary Inuvialuit artistry. IRC is proud to support Abraham and congratulate him on his achievement,” added Duane.
During the 2015 Great Northern Arts Festival, Abraham completed a large sculpture dedicated to the memory of a Tuktoyaktuk elder. Entitled The Life of David Nasogaluak, the three dimensional piece is currently on display at the Inuvialuit Corporate Group office. He is currently working on several exhibition projects in Canada, U.S. and Europe.
Established in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.