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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.

Sanikiluaq voters face alcohol prohibition plebiscite

A petition out of Sanikiluaq has led to a plebiscite scheduled for Feb. 4 on whether or not to change the community's liquor status from prohibited to a restricted quantity system. The petitioner, who requested...

WWF helps Nunavut hunters participate in land use plan process

With technical help, the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association increased the depth of their participation in the draft Nunavut-wide land-use plan process. That's thanks to the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), which provided financial...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Books, eggs and art

Nunavut authors will greet their public in two communities, in Sanikiluaq hens are laying eggs, and nominations are open for a $10,000 arts award.   Meet the Nunavut authors writing great books Iqaluit/Rankin Inlet Inhabit Media is adding...

Tarralik Duffy opens up about home, and the art that follows

The accomplished Tarralik Duffy – she's an artist, designer, jeweller and writer of growing prominence – is also known by her design company, Ugly Fish Design. "What I love about Ugly Fish is nothing was...

Participant funding now available for Baffinland Phase 2 process

Good news arrived from the federal government in late December when it announced a new Northern Participant Funding Program – $10.3 million over five years. That's just in time for communities seeking to be a...

Kitikmeot mayors cry foul over lack of land use plan hearing in their region

The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) is currently working on a supplementary funding proposal and budget to submit to the federal government, hoping to finally move the territory-wide land-use plan to completion. Download the 2016 draft...

AROUND NUNAVUT: School appreciation, bingo win and family literacy featured in the Baffin region

Counsellors, elders, substitute teachers, janitors thanked for their service Iqaluit Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik's principal Brian Manning says the two most important words in the English language are "thank you", and it was with that in mind that...

ᑎᑭᐅᑎᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᕘᑉ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᐊᑕ ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᑐᐊᖃᑲᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓐᓄᑦ

ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓲᖑᕗᖅ ᓇᐅᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᖃᐅᑕᒫᒥ ᐃᓅᓯᐅᔪᒥᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᒪᑐᒧᖓ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᒥ United Nations ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ 2019−ᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᑦ (NTI) ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᖅ.  ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅ ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖅ ᐊᓗᑭ ᑰᑦᑎᖅ. "ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᓗᐊᖃᑲᐃᓐᓇᒐᔪᒃᐳᖓ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᒧᑦ. ᑐᙵᕕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓇᓱᒋᕙᕋ. ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕈᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᐅᔪᒥ...

Inuit innovation focus of new TV series

An all-new Inuktitut television series focused on Inuit ingenuity debuted on APTN Jan.7. Uakallanga, created by the Inuit Broadcasting Company (IBC), is hosted by Annabella Piugattuk. IBC director of operations Malakie Kilabuk – who directed, and...

JUNE 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW: Quassa ousted, Kugluktuk wants elders’ centre, riot at BCC

Mayor to keep fighting for elders centre Kugluktuk "Yeah, it was a disappointment." That was Mayor's June response to the Government of Nunavut's recent decision to examine all options for an elders' long-term care centre instead of...

MAY 2018 IN REVIEW: Education, kamiik and TV in Inuktitut

Pauktuutit engages men Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet Pauktuutit was headed to Pond Inlet to deliver two days of training May 8 and 9. The training was part of the Inuit women's organization's project called Pilimmaksarniq, Engaging Men and Boys...

APRIL 2018 IN REVIEW: Qaggiavuut in China, Hall Beach youth found safe, Grays Bay...

Agnico Eagle prepares for automation Kivalliq Mining company Agnico Eagle said it was researching how to integrate automated technology at its Kivalliq sites. By late 2018 or early 2019, the company planned to start testing sensors that...

MARCH 2018 IN REVIEW: Women build, Nunavut fails at climate change prep, Canada mourns...

Researchers say mining, not Indigenous hunters, should be focus in caribou management Nunavut The notion that Indigenous harvesters are largely responsible for the drastic and rapid decline of barren ground caribou is unsupported, according to a...

FEBRUARY 2018 IN REVIEW: Cash, gold and Juno nominations

Big cash for inspired winners Nunavut Three Nunavut projects received recognition and funding from a total pot of $2.4 million that went to eight teams across the North at the Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony in Ottawa,...

JANUARY 2018 IN REVIEW: Fire in Iqaluit, young mayor sworn in Kimmirut and Pinnguaq...

Fire destroys Iqaluit five-plex Iqaluit By 4 a.m. on Jan. 2, five hours after responding to the fire at the 2217 five-plex, Iqaluit's acting fire chief Stephane Dionne knew the fight was over. The building had...

Savikataaq talks top three priorities: in-territory treatment, Elders’ care, more houses

Premier Joe Savikataaq says he's always stated Nunavut has three critical needs: a territorial treatment centre, an in-territory Elders' centre and more money for more houses. But, during a Dec. 14 interview, Savikataaq first addressed...

NTI president talks language, education, Inuit self-government, relations with GN and feds

Language affects every aspect of daily life and it's for this reason the United Nations has declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is on board.  Language is an essential factor in...

Iqaluit active shooter standoff leads to man in custody

A second standoff in a just a few days resulted in a 25-year-old male being taken into custody after three hours in what police called an active shooter event. The man now faces numerous firearm...

Music workshop explores Rankin youths’ perspectives on colonial history and Inuit culture

In a darkened makeshift recording studio at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik, four groups of students from Grades 7 and 8 recorded songs they wrote themselves. Twenty-eight students participated. The four songs – developed in conjunction with a...

ᓂᕿᑦᑎᐊᕙᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᓕᕇᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᓄᑦ ᐅᓯᔭᐅᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ

ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒥ−ᐅᑕᖅᑭᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑦᑎᐊᕙᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᓴᖓᓂ ᓄᕕᐱᕆ 10−ᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᐱᑕᖃᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ. ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᑭᐅᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᙱᓚᑦ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓄᑦ – ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᑦᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ – ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᓴᕈᒥᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕉᓴᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᖅᐸᒃᑐᓄᑦ. "ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᔪᒥ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ...