Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this time to congratulate Annie Pootoogook of Cape Dorset.
Annie is a well-known artist in Nunavut having worked with the West Baffin Cooperative since 1997. Last November Annie was awarded the 2006 Sobey Art Award for outstanding new artists in Canada.
The Sobey Art Award is Canada's top art award for young artists under 40. This is a tremendous honour for her as she is a third generation artist, as both her mother and grandmother are master graphic artists.
Annie has a distinct artistic approach. Her compelling drawings portray life in today's Arctic in a very realistic way.
Annie is becoming well known internationally as she will participate in the Documenta show in Germany this summer and was part of the Glenfiddich artist residency in Scotland last year.
I congratulate Annie on behalf of my constituents of Nunavut and myself.