On December 31, 2016, Iqaluit showed the true nature of its community spirit.
The Iqaluit Canada150 New Year’s Eve celebration drew more than 700 people to enjoy activities presented at Inuksuk High School on December 31 from 11am to 4:30pm. Hundreds more gathered around town to watch the professional fireworks show launched from the breakwater at 8:17pm. This was a free event, funded by the Government of Canada.
It was a community success. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 700+ people attended daytime activities
- 5 hours of simultaneous musical, cultural, and creative activities
- 50+ local presenters, performers, and support crew paid for their work
- 30+ volunteers donated their time and energy
- 30+ businesses and community organizations provided local products and services
- 17 minutes of fireworks, starting exactly at 20:17
- 4 groups of local leaders: Alianait Entertainment Group; Mary Wilman and Ilisapi Aningmiuq-Davidee; Joelle Lavallée Expressive Arts; and Road to Nowhere Amateur Pyrotechnics (with the support of Fireworks FX).
This was the first event presented by the non-profit Iqaluit Action Lab. This event was also a community economic development initiative that contributed over $85,000 to our local economy. The professional fireworks show cost $12,500.