Aaju Peter is an Inuit lawyer, activist, sealskin clothes designer, and the subject of the documentary film, Angry Inuk. She is an ardent defender of the rights of Canada’s northern Indigenous people and committed to preserving Inuit culture and language. Aaju has raised global awareness of the challenges confronting Canada’s most northern inhabitants, speaking about issues related to sustainability and resources, and their impact on the traditional way of life. In 2012, she received the Order of Canada.
The Jack Matthews Fellowship honours the memory of the legendary Canadian who was a head of Lakefield College School, a founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum, and founder of the Trent University International Program. Previous fellows have included Wab Kinew, Shelagh Rogers, Joseph Boyden, Dalal Al-Waheidi ‘98, and Mike Robinson.