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Michele LeTourneau

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.

AROUND NUNAVUT: Mother’s caribou clothing displayed at fashion show, invite from the Green...

Cherished caribou clothing featured at Toonik Tyme fashion show Iqaluit While Iguptaq Autut moved around a lot, working at mining camps and other places, he stored the caribou clothing his mother made him almost 20 years...

Designers Attagutsiak and Kakuktinniq bring it home

For fashion designers Victoria Kakuktinniq and Melissa Attagutsiak, sharing the thrill and success of a job well done with family and friends is at the heart of the Upingaksaaq Fashion Show the two teamed...

Photos: Nunavut fashion comes home after Paris

After designers Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria's Arctic Fashion and Melissa Attagutsiak of Nuvuja9 met in Paris at International Indigenous Fashion Week, held during Paris Fashion Week in early March, the two decided to bring...

NTI unveils report at UN: Nunavut education a crime against Inuit

Nunavut's education system violates domestic and international laws, according to a new research report commissioned by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and released at the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous...

Inuit operators target of new tourism partnership

A new partnership to increase and enhance Inuit participation in the tourism industry came together this week in Iqaluit during The Spirit of the Arctic: Tourism Summit 2019 held April 15 to 18. The memorandum...

More marine protected areas may be on the way near Nunavut northernmost hamlets

The Qikitani Inuit Association (QIA), together with the governments of Canada and Nunavut, have agreed to look at protecting portions of Tuvaijuittuq. Tuvaijuittuq means 'the ice never melts' in Inuktitut and refers to an area...

AROUND NUNAVUT: A happy, crafty Easter, the premier searches for a literacy hero,...

Easter fun at the library Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay Rarely has a library seen as much fun as Easter time at the May Hakongak Community Library in Cambridge Bay. During the past two weeks, up to 30 children have...

Qaggiavuut takes on the world, hoping to bring the world to Nunavut

With $500,000 from the federal government, Qaggiavuut is one step closer to fulfilling the dream of a performing arts centre in Nunavut. "One of the arguments we have is that this would be very good...

First Qikiqtaaluk science fair in 18 years yields three projects for nationals

Thanks to a movement to resurrect science fairs in the region, three Inuksuk High School students will represent the Qikiqtaaluk at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May, providing $10,000 can be raised. The national fair...

ᐹᑦ ᕼᐋᓇᐅᑉ ᓄᓕᐊᔪᖕᒥ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᖓᓐᓂ

ᐃᒡᓗᓕᖕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎ ᐹᑦ ᕼᐋᓇ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓇᖅ, ᓴᓇᒡᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥᒃ ᓄᓕᐊᔪᖕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᕐᔪᐊᒥᒃ 20-ᖓᓄᑦ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᓪᓂᖅᓯᐅᕐᕕᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ, ᐱᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐋᑐᕚ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᖅᑎᑕᖓᓂ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 8-ᒥ. ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑎᓕᔭᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᕐᔪᐊᒥᒃ ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᖅ ᔩᓂ ᐅᑲᓕᖅ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᓂᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖁᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᑭᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂ, ᑭᖑᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᑎ ᔨᐊᕝ ᕋᐃᒐᓐ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. "ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎ...

Iqaluit man charged with kidnapping

RCMP received a complaint last Wednesday, April 10, that a man was taken from his Iqaluit residence by another man, then held against his will. RCMP state they arrested an Iqaluit man. There were no...

Leona Aglukkaq to run for Tories in October federal election

The Conservative party announced April 12 former Nunavut MP and cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq is their candidate of choice in the upcoming fall federal election. "Canada's Conservatives have a positive vision for Canada, and having...

AROUND NUNAVUT: An igluvigaq, a wellness tour, and art as a tool for...

Year of programming wraps up with igluvigaq-building workshop Qikiqtarjuaq Nunavut Youth LEAP (Land-based Educational Adventure Programs) hosted an igluvigaq-building workshop led by Loasie Aliqatuqtuq in Qikiqtarjuaq the weekend of April 6. "This was the final event of...

Panel and industry reps discuss why more Nunavut youth aren’t into mining

Industry champions are getting serious about interesting the younger generation in mining careers. Each year, the Nunavut Mining Symposium gathers hundreds of industry-related workers in the capital to share information about multiple topics but, for...

Inuit Nunangat youth to develop community initiatives with new federal funding

The four Inuit regions are getting $660,000 to help address the significant social and economic inequalities faced by Northern youth, which create barriers to developing the knowledge and skills needed to support their communities,...

Inuk heart surgeon ‘one to watch’, says Queen’s University alumni association

Canada's first Inuk heart surgeon Donna May Kimmaliardjuk received the One to Watch Award at the Queen’s University Alumni Association Awards Gala April 6, one of 11 awards given to outstanding graduates. Read the Nunavut...

Amazing On The Land photo contest winner loves her ‘cool dad’ Matthew Kunangnat

Matthew Kunangnat loves to get out on the land when he can, and his family obliges. One spring day in 2018, Winnie Seeteenak snapped a photo of her "cool dad" doing what he loves –...

Bart Hanna’s Sedna unveiled at Parliament Hill

Iglulik artist Bart Hanna Kappianaq, creator of a new Sedna sculpture for the 20th anniversary of Nunavut's status as a territory, received all the protocol Ottawa has to offer April 8. The unveiling of his...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That's a far cry from the 18 members – eight...

Two charged with murder in Pond Inlet

RCMP's Major Crimes Unit have charged two people with second-degree murder in Pond Inlet. Pond Inlet officers responded to a disturbance in the early morning hours of April 7, and found a deceased 21-year-old man. "The...