Johnny Issaluk awarded Diamond Jubilee medal

Students on Ice field staff member and educator Johnny Issaluk of Iqaluit was one of 60 Canadians presented with the Diamond Jubilee medal in Ottawa February 6, for his contributions towards "improving the health and community well-being among Nunavutmiut." The new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Issaluk is pictured here modeling fur creations at the Northern Lights trade show held in Ottawa last week. (Photo: Sarah Rogers, Nunatsiaq News)

In 2012, during the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized for their contributions to Canada or to a particular province, territory or community, or for their outstanding achievement abroad that has brought great credit to our country. They must also be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. As well, this medal can be awarded posthumously as long as the recipient is alive on February 6, 2012, the date of the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the Throne.

The creation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was announced by the Governor General of Canada on February 3, 2011. On this occasion, the design of the medal, created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and approved by The Queen, was unveiled at Rideau Hall. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Background information on the Diamond Jubilee Medal, including eligibility criteria, is attached. The artistic rendering of the medal, as well as additional information are available at

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