Sunday, March 11, 2012

A new conversation piece

The competition to design the new Nunavut license plate is over and the winner is....

Designed by Ron Froese of Iqaluit.
If you hadn't heard, there was some licensing thing with The Northwest Territories which meant that Nunavut can't use the polar bear shaped plates anymore. They asked people to submit designs for a new plate which will start being used this summer.

We have the polar bear plates on our van (yes still, we'll get around to it at some point) and I love them. They are a great conversation piece in almost any parking lot. You know, the standard conversations... yes, I did drive from Nunavut. It took me about 4 days because one of the pontoons that inflate from the bottom of the van sprung a leak. I'm sure all Nunavumiut have had a similar conversation at some point.

I can't say I'm very excited about this new one. Townie said it well when he said they feel like something a tourist would buy at Arctic Ventures. It is just too stereotypical, like the only thing missing is an igloo. What about celebrating something that the world doesn't instantly think about when they hear the Canadian North. A kamik shaped one? A woman carrying a baby in an amauti, under the northern lights if you must. Walrus or narwhal?

Anyway, I'm sure this plate will conjure up as many questions from random people, especially old men, in parking lots. I'm still happy I was able to drive around with the old one for a while.

*** And to answer the other question I always get- We had Nunavut plates on our vehicle because our permanent residence was in Nunavut. Even though it never left New Brunswick we still had to have it registered up north.***


Tina said...

I like the first answer better. :)

jen said...

It's very colourful lol. Meanwhile I love your new header!