Elizabeth Zarpa

Youth Recipient (2013)

“When it’s all said and done, know in your heart and your own mind that you did the best that you could with what you had.”

She is currently a Doctor of Laws candidate for 2015 at the University of Victoria. Zarpa completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development and Political Science at Dalhousie University. As a summer student with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada in 2007 and 2008, she worked with an abuse prevention team in Ottawa. In the summer of 2009, she worked as an intern with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) to deepen her understanding of the challenges faced by Inuit people and how to overcome these. The highlight of this position was the opportunity to attend the 2009 Residential School Apology. She has participated in the prestigious Circumpolar Young Leaders Program, coordinated the Annual Multicultural Youth Gathering in Labrador and worked with the University of the Arctic International Secretariat in Finland. In May of 2010, she was selected as 1 of 3 youth from Canada elected to serve on the Canada World Youth National Board. The following year, Zarpa was elected to the AnanauKatiget Tuminget Board of Directors as the youth representative and remains an active member.