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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.

School opened doors for man with his eye on the land

People, place, and the environment – these are a few of Joshua Komangapik's career passions, and for this 25-year-old leaving the territory led him to develop his goals and find his passion. Earlier this year,...

Riit on being an artist: be whoever you want to be, say whatever you...

Since Nunavut's own Aakuluk Music launched Riit's self-titled EP in 2017, the 23-year-old's musical artistry has been noted in many a publication. Come October 25, with the release of her debut full-length album ataataga, the...

Inuktitut for capable: changing how success is viewed in the North

When Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s (NTI) president Aluki Kotierk earned her master's degree, a local newspaper wrote about her achievement. "People back home in Iglulik had seen it and would see my father and would make...

No man left behind: Nunavut’s first-ever transitional housing set to open in Iqaluit

With the final piece in place, the Uquutaq Society is moving forward with its plan to vastly expand its offering for homeless men in Iqaluit. Executive director Laurel McCorriston said as much Sept. 24 after...

Iqaluit air cadets search for commanding officer, Naujaat army cadets soon to have theirs

The 30-member air cadet squadron in Iqaluit has lost its commanding officer Lt (Navy) Heather Clark, and has had to put a halt to some of its programming until positions are once again fully...

Northwestel announces high-speed internet, LTE wireless now available in all 25 Nunavut communities

Northwestel announced this week it has completed its work to make 15 megabits per second (Mbps) internet and LTE wireless service available to Nunavut's 25 communities. "Northwestel is thrilled to announce that our Tamarmik Nunaliit...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Qamaniq new Tununiq MLA, Terry Fox run a success at Aqsarniit, and...

Qamaniq to represent Tununiq at legislative assembly Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet  David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq joins Nunavut's 21 existing MLAs at the territorial legislative assembly after a byelection held in Pond Inlet Sept. 16. With 182 votes, Qamaniq won by...

Inuit Heritage Trust encourages Nunavummiut to nominate elders for award

Every two years, since 1999, the Inuit Heritage Trust (IHT) recognizes elders from across the territory. "One per region but, in the past, before my time, there were a lot of elders being submitted. There...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Pond Inlet votes, Toronto furs head North, and Jordin Tootoo teams up...

Pond Inlet residents to pick their next MLA Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet  The residents of Pond Inlet will be heading to the polls Sept. 16 to choose between Charlie Inuarak and David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq to represent them at...

NDP turns to youth for Nunavut candidate, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq announced to run for MP

The New Democratic Party (NDP) this evening announced Mumilaaq Qaqqaq as their pick for the Oct. 21 federal election. "Some of my priorities as Member of Parliament is creating and maintaining harmonious and stable relationships...

Federal apology for past wrongs brought peace to Qikiqtaaluk elders

Forty elders from across the Qikiqtaaluk were present Aug. 14 in Iqaluit the day Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett presented the Government of Canada's apology for harmful colonial actions in the region between...

Nunavut Trade Show and Conference brings together 300 delegates in the capital

Marking its 28th annual Nunavut Trade Show and Conference, the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) will welcome roughly 300 delegates in Iqaluit Sept. 17 to 19. "The theme for this year's trade show and...

Feds release long-term vision for Canada’s North

The Liberal government has delivered on its promise of a long-term vision for Canada's North a little over one month before October's federal election. Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett released the Arctic and Northern...

GN to establish mine training centre in Rankin, increase appointments of long-term casuals

Cabinet ministers met in Arviat last week for a mid-term retreat and resurfaced with a wish list of what they would like the government to accomplish in the remaining two years of its mandate,...

Iqaluit artist Kaleigh Rose Tagak wins top prize

Nunavut Arctic College student Kaleigh Rose Tagak was named Nunavut's winner of the 2019 BMO 1st Art! Competition for the sculpture Night Guide. Tagak, a second-year student in the jewelry and metalwork program, was introduced...

Resource centre launches photo project for FASD awareness month

For the new Piruqatigiit Resource Centre's first foray into International FASD Awareness Month, it has planned a full slate of activities for Iqalungmiut and a special territory-wide project. Piruqatigiit, located in Iqaluit and founded by...

Qajuqturvik grows its reach, draws in community to get involved with food

Bit by bit, the Qajuqturvik Food Centre is shifting its focus from the old concept of a soup kitchen to a centre with a wide range of community-based programs intended to improve food security...

Minister seeks Inuit and women for Nunavut Housing Corp board

The Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) is actively recruiting Inuit and women to fill vacancies on its board of directors. "Inuit represent 85 per cent of Nunavut's population, which should be reflected on NHC's board of...

Sanikiluaq receives $5.5 million to advance Qikiqtait stewardship project

A Sanikiluaq partnership is receiving $5.5 million from the federal government to help fulfill the vision of building a multi-purpose research facility and a community-driven stewardship and monitoring program for the Belcher Islands. "We've been...

High-stakes Royal Purple draw benefits breakfast program and local non-profits

Continuing a long tradition of community giving, Alicia Manning of Royal Purple Elks 353 handed a $10,000 cheque to Jason Rochon the morning of August 29. Rochon, a student support assistant, runs the breakfast program...