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Michele LeTourneau

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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.

Iqaluit fire department saves three units at a four-plex fire

The quick action of Iqaluit firefighters ensured damage to a four-plex was contained to one unit when they responded to a call the evening of August 15. "At 7:00 p.m. on August 15, the Iqaluit...

Chilling Arctic stories brought together to thrill fans of horror

Inhabit Media has a chilling treat for lovers of horror. The Iqaluit-based publishing company will release Taaqtumi, a collection of Arctic horror stories, in September, just weeks before Halloween. "Taaqtumi is an Inuktitut word that means...

Canada Council for the Arts comes to Nunavut

Canada Council for the Arts chief executive officer Simon Brault visits Iqaluit Aug. 22 to meet and consult with Nunavut artists as part of a wider Northern tour. "I came four years ago. It was...

FULL STORY: Nunavut government, NTI, feds sign devolution agreement in principle

The signing of a devolution agreement in principle early morning Aug.15 capped a busy week of federal announcements in the capital. The intent of devolution is to see a transfer of powers from Ottawa to...

Nunavut government, Nunavut Inuit and feds sign devolution agreement in principle

The signing of a devolution agreement in principle capped a busy week of federal announcements in the capital this morning. "Today's a good day," said Premier Joe Savikataaq. "I have to admit I didn't think this...

Feds apologize to Qikiqtaaluk Inuit, provide $20 million for program funds

Twelve years after the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) launched a truth commission to record the federal government's systemic efforts to colonize Inuit of the Qikiqtaaluk region, the government issued an apology Wednesday. The atonement included...

Transport Canada minister announces $76.5 million for Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay harbours, $600K...

Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay will see new community harbours thanks to $76.5 million over seven years from the federal government. Additionally, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) will...

Canada Goose seeks another 20 Inuit designers to expand Project Atigi

Canada Goose and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) continue their partnership, which began with 14 Inuit seamstresses featured in an international launch of original parkas in late January. The company is looking for another 20 Inuit...

RCMP continue to investigate Iqaluit death, seek public’s help

Iqaluit RCMP issued a follow-up this afternoon on the death of a man found unconscious in front of the Elders’ Qammaq in downtown Iqaluit the morning of August 8. The man was pronounced dead after...

Umingmak Centre to open its doors soon for child victims of abuse

The Umingmak Centre will finally become a reality after a federal funding infusion of $875,526 over five years to the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation. "Primarily, the center is for children and youth that disclose...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Butterflies, a scholarship and Arctic journeys

Inhabit publishes butterfly guide for children Nunavut A new offering from Iqaluit-based Inhabit Media seeks to guide budding lepidopterologists. A Children's Guide to Arctic Butterflies by Mia Pelletier is illustrated by Danny Christopher, and is available widely,...

Man found outside Elders’ Qammaq later pronounced dead

An unconscious male found in front of the Elders' Qammaq in downtown Iqaluit was later pronounced deceased, according to an RCMP news release. "An RCMP officer on patrol was waved down to tend to an...

QC’s Iqaluit hotel and conference centre set to open in spring 2020

The Qikiqtaaluk Corporation's (QC) new hotel and conference centre is going up in record time, as room modules stack up like giant Legos. The modular system wasn't in the original plan, as QC's director of...

Iqaluit faces water emergency second year running

Lack of precipitation this year means Iqaluit's potable water source, Lake Geraldine, and its back-up source, the Apex River, sit at their lowest recorded levels – making the city's water situation worse than last...

Six new icebreakers announced for Canadian Coast Guard

The federal government will build six new icebreakers in the coming years, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson announced August 2. Wilkinson was joined by Minister of Environment and Climate...

Inuit impact and benefit agreement signed for north Baffin: millions in infrastructure over seven...

Federal and territorial leaders gathered August 1 in Iqaluit to celebrate a conservation deal that will see millions in community investments – including Inuit training and employment to the tune of $55 million and...

Marine Protected Area deal signed: Akeeagok, Savikataaq and Trudeau conclude decades-long work to protect...

Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) president P.J. Akeeagok, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved forward today in creating the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. The public event took place at the new Nunavut...

Trudeau to announce Pizzo-Lyall as Liberal candidate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected in Iqaluit Aug. 1 and, according to the Liberal Party of Canada website, he'll be announcing Megan Pizzo-Lyall as his party's candidate of choice for Nunavut in the...

Four years after unimaginable loss, Nina Kautuq’s healing takes her to Winnipeg

Four years after a devastating tent fire claimed all but one member of her immediate family, Nina Kautuq is travelling to Winnipeg to meet with the medical team who cared for her husband Ikie...

Hunter Tootoo to enter private sector with family member

Nunavut's independent MP Hunter Tootoo announced July 30 he will not seek re-election in the upcoming October federal election, choosing instead to enter the private sector. Tootoo told Nunavut News it was a difficult decision. "I...