Couple Donates Fortune to Northern Innovation

Sima Sharifi and Arnold Witzig (

A Canadian couple has donated 60 million dollars to support innovation projects in the Arctic.

Arnold Witzig and Sima Sharifi have donated what they say is essentially their entire fortune to be distributed year by year to northern groups aiming to improve quality of life for communities.

The couple migrated to Canada 30 years ago, and say they wanted to give back to the place that became their adopted homeland and its Indigenous people.

Witzig and Sharifi also founded the Arctic Inspiration Prize seven years ago, which this year distributed 2.4 million dollars between eight different groups working to provide improvements to northern communities.

Among the winners this year was the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Program.

It received a million dollars for the land-based healing program to help at-risk Indigenous people in Yellowknife and surrounding communities.

The winners were announced Wednesday night in Ottawa at the Northern Lights Business and Cultural Showcase.

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