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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.

Early childhood fun in Inuktut from QIA and GN

Child care facilities across the territory are receiving new Inuktut resources this summer and fall, thanks to a partnership between the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and the Government of Nunavut. "Early childhood Inuktut resources are...

Inuktut curriculum development speeds up, with field testing scheduled for this school year

The Department of Education's curriculum development division will launch limited field testing for new Inuktitut curriculum elements after Christmas this school year. Preparing to launch are Inuktut Language Arts 1 (ILA1) and Inuktut Language Arts...

Inuit lead addiction and trauma treatment plan for territory in multi-million dollar partnership

When federal Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O'Regan came to Iqaluit Aug. 19 to deliver the news the federal government is committing up to $47.5 million toward a territorial treatment centre, he was last...

Feds, GN, NTI partner to fund treatment centre, millions agreed on by all three...

During an emotional announcement event held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., along with the federal and territorial governments, announced plans to built a territorial trauma and treatment centre in the capital. The plan sees all...

Feds come through with $150 million for Iqaluit, Kimmirut fibre optic plan

Thanks to $150 million in funding announced by the federal government Monday morning in Iqaluit, 3,215 households in Iqaluit and Kimmirut should have access to high-speed internet via fibre optic cable by 2023. The Government...

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 Thursday evening. "At 7 p.m. on August 15, the Iqaluit Fire Department responded to building 174, a four-plex, for...

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...