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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.

Original play hits the boards in Iqaluit

The weekend sees Iqaluit Community Theatre present an original play at Inuksuk High School's Tisi stage. Matthew Illaszewicz wrote and directed Paradise in Purgatory, a two-hander featuring Azreer Gill as Gerald Jesup and Murielle Jassinthe...

GN, NTI release consultation reports days before first reading of revised education and language...

As Nunavummiut wonder about the substance of a revised Education Act, the Department of Education released its consultation report May 30. The department held consultations in all 25 Nunavut communities, engaging with 124 district education...

Mike-Murphy takes home award for work on Anaana’s Tent

Rita Claire Mike-Murphy, the host of Taqqut Productions' Anaana's Tent, won the Emerging Talent Award at the Youth Media Alliance's Excellence Gala in Toronto May 29. Mike-Murphy accepted her award in Inuktitut, before speaking in...

CGS offers no info on fibre optic project approved for May start date

A project to install an undersea fibre optic cable from Nuuk to south Baffin Island, given the go-ahead by the federal minister responsible in March following a positive recommendation from the Nunavut Impact Review...

Regular members put Nunavut cabinet on notice for ‘unacceptable behaviour’

The regular members of Nunavut's legislative assembly issued a warning to cabinet members in a letter to Premier Joe Savikataaq dated May 22. "As a caucus, members have identified a number of ongoing performance issues...

Several school grades closed in Iglulik due to teacher shortage, reports Quassa

Listening to his constituents, as well as the local radio in Iglulik, Aggu MLA Paul Quassa heard the disturbing news that students were asked not to attend school due to a teacher shortage. He said...

Is the Department of Education satisfied with great number of students failing departmental exams,...

Citing a fail rate of one out of four students taking departmental exams, Arviat North-Whale Cove John Main questioned the Department of Education's position that low graduation rates are an emerging challenge. "In 2016, 485...

Iqaluit taxi company launches smartphone app

Caribou Cabs, the capital's main taxi company, joined the digital age when it launched a smartphone app two years in the making May 22. With the purchase of Pai-Pa Taxi in March, Caribou Cabs has...

Mikkungwak takes on Speaker duties after Enook’s passing

After a moment of silence for the late Joe Enook, legislators required only a single ballot to promote Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak from deputy speaker to Speaker the morning of May 28. Enook died...

Blaze destroys Nanook School’s tupiq

Nanook School students and staff woke up to sad news May 24 – their tupiq, built in November for the school's groundbreaking land-based outdoor education program, burned in the night. "Heartbreaking news to wake up...

Food prices in Clyde River motivate brothers to open grocery store

Martin Kigutaq wants to make a difference for his family and his community. To that end, over the past year, he's transformed old shipping containers into the Baffin General Store or, as the community affectionately...

Busy May for Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik Grade 6 class

Jason Hatt's Grade 6 at Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik class has been busy this month. They put the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principle of avatittinnik – respect and care for the land, animals and environment – into action. "On Wednesday,...

Pang fishing derby a success

The community of Pangnirtung came out in force for its fishing derby May 4. It was a double derby – with sculpin fishing in Pang from Kijjiniq to Nuvuattiaq and char fishing at Ammituq Lake...

Mittima Food Bank Society needs a home

Every two weeks the Mittima Food Bank Society provides, on average, 100 packages of food to support families in Pond Inlet. The society of volunteers, operating officially since August of last year, has no home,...

Food insecurity in Nunavut rose 13.5 per cent during transition to Nutrition North, according...

Food insecurity in Nunavut's 10 largest communities rose by 13.5 per cent during the transition to Nutrition North Canada, which offers subsidies to retailers, from the Food Mail Program, which offered subsidies for shipping...

Students win all around with local, regional and national science fairs

An Inuksuk High School student is reaping the rewards of participating in the first regional science fair in the Qikiqtaaluk in almost 20 years, and then the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). "It was such an...

Kugluktuk to be site of Nunavut’s first solar/diesel hybrid power plant

Federal funding totalling slightly more than $18.6 million will see Kugluktuk's power plant turn hybrid, seven other Nunavut communities with improved power plants, and a ninth community's sewage lagoon rehabilitated. "Rural and Northern Canada are...

Nunavut students are stressed, going into debt due to decade-old assistance formula

Correction: An earlier version of this story provided an incorrect figure for the FANS annual budget. The correct figure for fiscal year 2018/2019 is $8,352,000. ------------------------------------ Robert Clift, the Family Services director whose job it is...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Eva Aariak invested to Order of Canada, Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt shortlisted...

Aariak, Kamookak invested to Order of Canada Ottawa Governor General Julie Payette invested former Nunavut premier Eva Aariak as a Member of the Order of Canada May 8 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. "Eva Aariak has dedicated...

Camp organizers seek to boost youth interest in health careers

A CSI-style forensic investigation and the opportunity to learn from Canada's first Inuk heart surgeon Donna May Kimmaliardjuk are just two of the highlights on offer for a group of students from across the...