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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.

Addictions and trauma treatment targeted for funding, Hickes says in advance of budget address

The Government of Nunavut’s budget for 2019-2020 will include Health funding earmarked for the implementation of in-territory addictions and trauma treatment, based on a detailed three-pillar plan released last year. Addictions and Trauma Treatment in Nunavut:...

Two seamstresses share their experience with Canada Goose’s Project Atigi

A secret project, 14 Inuit seamstresses, and a now-fashionable parka company – those are the basic elements of a revelation that wowed Nunavut, New York City, and the world Jan. 31. Canada Goose revealed a...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Victoria’s Arctic Fashion hits the Paris runways

The design and sewing skills of Inuit will get another burst of recognition on the world stage later this month when Victoria Kakuktinniq unveils 24 new creations at Paris Fashion Week, while singing star...

Free tax clinics headed to Nunavut communities this season

With tax season kicking off, the Canada Revenue agency launched three new northern service centres in Iqaluit, Yellowknife and Whitehorse Feb. 11 in hopes improving tax services in Canada’s territories. Fewer reviews and reassessments and...

Nunavut HTOs to receive training for increased funding access

With a federal infusion of $216,000, the Nunavut Inuit Wildlife Secretariat will be able to develop new governance tools to increase and enhance capacity for the territory’s hunters and trappers organizations (HTOs). Deb Schulte, parliamentary...

Inuktut absent from proposed federal languages legislation

Inuit leaders are calling out the federal government, saying Indigenous languages legislation engagement was carried out in bad faith. Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez introduced the proposed Indigenous Languages bill in the House of...

Team of creatives sets out to motivate with rap, art and magic

Thanks to a few high-profile supporters, Influencers Motivating Influencers (IMI) is on track to roll out their most ambitious community wellness tour yet. "We always wish we could do more," said co-founder David DeVos, who...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Inuit seamstresses create Canada Goose line, Nunavut authors celebrated, and Pang...

The territory's creativity and spirit shine this week, in traditional sewing on the world stage, in made-in-Nunavut books children and their parents love to read, and a community dances. Canada Goose's new Project Atigi line...

Inutiq’s 22-point Facebook post calls out racism, economic disparity in Nunavut

"It's no accident, our suicides, our men in jail, homelessness – basically poverty-related issues that exist in Nunavut. Those aren't accidents. Those are side effects of systems that exist, and people that benefit from...

ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᔨᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑭᒍᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᖅᑭᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓱᓕ ᐱᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ

ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᐅᒪᔪᒥ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᔨᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑭᒍᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᖅᑭᔭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᔪᕐᓇᙱᓐᓂᖓ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓱᓕ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᓄᑦ. ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ-ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒧᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᓄᑦ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐹᑦ ᐊᕐᓇᒃᑲᖅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᑕᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᑯᔭᐅᕝᕕᒃᓴᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᒍᑎᓕᕆᔨᒧᑦ. "ᑭᒍᑎᓕᕆᔨ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓃᒐᔪᒃᐳᖅ ᐅᓪᓗᓄᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᒐᓚᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ...

Curriculum seeks to produce healthy, whole students by graduation

In Nunavut's schools, students engage in matters of health holistically. One way is through the made-in-Nunavut curriculum called Aulajaaqtut – a formation of flying geese – which has received national attention. A decade in development,...
Dental clinics such as this one are located in each Nunavut community, and over the last few years all the equipment has been upgraded. Dental teams, with a total of 15 to 20 dentists at any given time, rotate through communities for a minimum of four separate visits to each community. photo ourtesy Dept. of Health

Full range of care offered for eyes and teeth in each Nunavut community, but...

Nunavummiut can access a full range of optical and dental care wherever they live in Nunavut, but the ease of access remains a sticking point for some MLAs. Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA and former Health minister Pat Angnakak...

AROUND NUNAVUT: A love song for Resolute, transgender flag flies, and Inuktitut month...

Students in Resolute Bay expressed their love for their community and the land through song this month, while in Iqaluit a flag recognizing transgender people flew at city hall for a day as a...

Bell Let’s Talk initiates flag-raising to help end mental health stigma

The nation's three Northern capitals, as well as other Canadian cities, raised flags to promote mental health January 30, a day Bell Canada designated as the Bell Let's Talk Day. "Bell Let's Talk Day is...
Ordering legal marijuana online has cost Nunavummiut $14-$16 per gram from Oct. 17 through December, according to the Department of Finance. Pixabay photo

Is legal marijuana displacing sales on the street?

Iqaluit's deputy mayor is skeptical that federally-regulated marijuana is making much of a dent in the underground market. "Since the legalization of cannabis, I don't think there's been a significant decrease in the young men...

Clyde River HTO calls for additional five years to oil and gas moratorium in...

In a late 2018 letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB), the Nangmautaq Clyde River Hunters and Trappers Organization called for the federal government's moratorium on new offshore oil and gas licences to...

ᓄᓇᓄᑦ ᓴᐅᓂᓐᓃᖅᐳᖅ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨ

ᐱᓕᕆᒃᑲᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᑕᕐᕋᓕᒃ ᑕᕕ – ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᕗᖅ, ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᔨᐅᔪᖅ, ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓲᓂᒃ ᐱᐅᓴᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑎᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ−ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᒋᕗᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᖓᓐᓂ, Ugly Fish ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂ. "ᐱᐅᒋᔭᕋ Ugly Fish−ᒥ ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᖃᓚᐅᙱᓚᑦ. ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᓯᒪᓂᖃᓚᐅᙱᓚᑦ. ᓇᓂᓯᓂᕐᒥᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᖃᑯᖅᑕᖅ ᕿᓚᓗᒐᐅᑉ ᓴᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ. ᓯᒡᔭᒧᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓯᒐᓐᓄᑦ. ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ−ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓴᐅᓂᑯᓗᖕᓂ. ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᕗᖓ...

Pinnguaq heads into final stages of $10 million competition

A Makerspace pilot project in Iqaluit is the physical manifestation of a proposal up for $10 million in a Smart Cities funding competition, which could lead to variations of the Makerspace in communities across...

AROUND NUNAVUT: A stamp, a fundraiser and the return of the sun

National parks feature prominently this week, with a stamp celebrating Quttinirpaaq National Park and a return of the sun celebration at Sirmilik National Park. Meanwhile, the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre hopes to raise $1.5...

Iqaluit’s Christmas standoffs have lasting effect on RCMP

An Iqaluit city council meeting Jan. 22 took an emotional turn when RCMP Staff Sgt. Garfield Elliott’s spoke of the Christmas season in the capital. "In the previous meeting I indicated that we were looking...