The amicable Kivalliq teenager was named a national role model for Global Dignity Day Canada.
Issiakiark joined a large gathering in the old portrait gallery building on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and thousands more from across the country and abroad via videoconferencing, to celebrate the event.
The gathering saw video presentations made by John Hope Bryant from Los Angeles, U.S.A., and Crown Prince Haakon from Norway.
Reached by Kivalliq News at the nation's capital, Issiakiark said he was quite surprised to learn he had been selected as a national role model by Dignity Day Canada.
He said it's an honour he never would have thought he'd receive.
"This did make me feel really, really proud, because I was recognized for everything I've done for my community and the people, and that's pretty special," said Issiakiark.