Daniel Weetaluktuk Award

"Daniel Weetaluktuk (1951-1982) of Inukjuak (east coast of Hudson Bay) made increasingly important contributions to arctic anthropology between 1976 and 1982. His interests in archaeology, traditional Inuit lifeways, cultural resources, and natural history bridged native and scientific perspectives. Daniel participated in government-sponsored excavations in 1976 and 1977, and began investigating northern Quebec archaeological sites thereafter. Working through the Makivik Corporation, he clearly expressed the need of greater Inuit influence in cultural affairs, on the one hand, and of training and science education on the other. His attempts to improve Inuit-southern Canadian relations and awareness stand as a model for our time." (Allen P. McCartney, 1984, Études/Inuit/Studies 8(10):103)

click here to read Daniel's bibliography

click here to read Daniel's 1978 CAA paper "Canadian Inuit and Archaeology"

To honour Daniel and his work, the Canadian Archaeological Association instituted the Daniel Weetaluktuk Memorial Scholarship in 1983 at the Annual General Meeting in Halifax. Its initial purpose was to "assist Native students from anywhere in Canada who wish to study archaeology on any level" (CAA Newsletter 3(2):5).

Subsequently, the name was changed to the Weetaluktuk Student Prize Competition in 1984 (CAA Newsletter 4(2):12). In 1993, the prize was expanded to provide for separate undergraduate and graduate prizes.


This Year Prizes Are Available For:

  • Best Undergraduate Student Paper
  • Best Graduate Research Paper

The winners will each receive $250.00.  Those papers deemed excellent and of publication quality will be forwarded by the awards committee to the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Archaeology for the opportunity to have the paper published.

To apply:

  • Applicants must be CAA members and be attending a Canadian University, or be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident attending a foreign university.
  • Co-authored papers are eligible if all authors meet the criteria above.
  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail (in either official language and not exceeding 20 double-spaced pages).
  • Please provide proof (paper or scanned) of place of study and year of study co-authors.

Posters:  The CAA will partner with local organizing committees at each annual conference in order to provide a prize for best student poster.  Please consult the local organizing committee annual conference web page for details regarding this competition.


Alicia Hawkins
Anthropology Department
University of Toronto Mississauga
Mississauga ON L5L 1C6

Deadline: Papers must be received by June 15th

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