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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.

Will territorial, national and international outcry spur governments to language and education action in...

A group of Nunavummiut, along with Canadian and international scholars, released an open letter to the world's language commissioners gathering in Toronto today, asking for their help in addressing the language setbacks in Nunavut. "Two...

Joamie students put pijitsirniq, piliriqatigiinniq in action after Nanook tupiq fire

Amid the busy year-end rush of graduations, when students of all ages across the territory celebrate educational milestones, students from Joamie School in Iqaluit took some time out to put pijitsirniq and piliriqatigiinniq in...

Rangers train on new C-19 rifles outside Iqaluit

Fourteen of Iqaluit's Canadian Rangers gathered just outside of town Monday to train on their new, long-awaited rifles. Training took place all week, June 14 to 20. "We're just getting the feel of it, now. They're...

A new president for NIYC

Inuit youth voted to make Crystal Martin-Lapenskie, originally of Hall Beach, their new president June 4. Martin-Lapenskie will lead the National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) for two years. She was one of nine vying for...

Nunavut Teachers’ Association calls out Dept. of Education, urges public to hold government accountable

The organization that represents kindergarten to Grade 12 educators in Nunavut's public education system is "very disappointed" and feels the Department of Education has "lied" to them, according to a news release issued Wednesday. Read:...

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked NTEP review concludes existing program doomed to fail

"The present configuration of the NTEP (Nunavut Teacher Education Program) is not capable of producing a bilingual, Inuit teacher workforce." This according to the NTEP review report by Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group. The...

Knowledge and expertise sought for territorial park committees

The GN Department of Environment has put out a call for people interested in having a seat on joint planning and management committees for four territorial parks. The parks are: Kinngaaluk Territorial Park near Sanikiluaq,...

North West Company donates $2 million to Inuit Art Centre in Winnipeg

The North West Company (NWC), which owns the NorthMart and Northern stores in Nunavut, and its leadership are donating $2 million to the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), the gallery announced June 12. The funds will...

Nuqingaq’s take on traditional snow goggles on exhibit

Iqaluit-based artist Mathew Nuqingaq's solo exhibition Masquerade opens today (June 13) at Toronto's Feheley Fine Arts. The show features snow goggles in all manner of imagined forms and multiple materials, which many have seen by...

Iqalungmiut invited to Jimmy Kilabuk Run and a day of family fun

With the spirit of the late civic leader in mind, Iqalungmiut are invited to join the Jimmy Kilabuk Run and help raise money for an aquatic centre fund, named after Kilabuk, the man who...

Louise Flaherty resigns as Nunavut’s DM of Education

Education Deputy Minister (DM) Louise Flaherty has resigned her position. "I have accepted Louise Flaherty's resignation, so she can focus her energy to create resources and books for Nunavummiut. While we are sad to lose...

Tootoo wants inquiry into Nutrition North, calling it ‘the Phoenix Food Program’

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo called for an inquiry into the Nutrition North Canada retailer subsidy program during question period in Ottawa June 11. "Since it launched in 2011, successive governments have spent over half a...

Aviaq Johnston’s Those Who Dwell Below widely released today

For fans of the award-winning Those Who Run in the Sky, the big day has finally arrived – Aviaq Johnston's second installment is here. Published today, Those Who Dwell Below follows the continuing adventures of...

Iqaluit police seek public’s help in tupiq fire investigation

Police released a video June 7 in the hopes the public can help with the investigation into the Nanook School tupiq fire, which took place May 24. "Iqaluit RCMP is asking for the public to...

Education system creates many hurdles to high school graduation: auditor general

High school students and adult learners are the Government of Nunavut's (GN) greatest human resource, but what's being done to develop that resource? Not enough, according to the latest report on Nunavut from the Auditor...

Zacharias Kunuk invested to the Order of Nunavut

Filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk has received the territory's highest honour for his creative vision, which has taken Nunavut Inuit to an international audience. Nunavut's Commissioner Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak, in her capacity of Chancellor of the Order...

GN continues history of failing Inuit children with Bill 25

The Department of Education, in drafting Bill 25, An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act, has failed in one critical area – involving Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), the...

Iqaluit high school students walk out for the environment

Inuksuk High School students walked out of their school June 5, spilling onto the streets of Iqaluit. Students Angela Austria, Cassidy Ann Netser and Mac Pavia organized the walk-out for the environment. "We were sitting in...

Bill 25 does not reflect Inuit goals and objectives, says NTI

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) states, in a June 5 news release, Bill 25, An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act, is not a significant improvement over the previous...

Q&A with Minister of Education David Joanasie on Bill 25

Before a news conference June 5, Minister of Education David Joanasie met with Nunavut News to answer a few questions about Bill 25, An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language...