The 2017 Recipients are:
- Sarah Enoogoo, Grade 12 from Pond Inlet
- Deanna Kooneeliusie, Grade 12 from Qikiqtarjuak
- Linda Kopalie, Grade 11 from Qikiqtarjuak
- Adam Jonah Nookiguak, Grade 12 from Qikiqtarjuak
- Annie Nookiguak, Grade 12 from Qikiqtarjuak
The Upinnaqtuq Awards were established in honour of Justice Beverly Browne, who was the first senior judge in the Nunavut Court of Justice. She demonstrated great leadership in the community and had a strong commitment and passion for working with youth.