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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.

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...

Inuit impact and benefit agreement signed for north Baffin: millions in infrastructure over seven...

Federal and territorial leaders gathered August 1 in Iqaluit to celebrate a conservation deal that will see millions in community investments – including Inuit training and employment to the tune of $55 million and...

Marine Protected Area deal signed: Akeeagok, Savikataaq and Trudeau conclude decades-long work to protect...

Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) president P.J. Akeeagok, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved forward today in creating the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. The public event took place at the new Nunavut...

Trudeau to announce Pizzo-Lyall as Liberal candidate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected in Iqaluit Aug. 1 and, according to the Liberal Party of Canada website, he'll be announcing Megan Pizzo-Lyall as his party's candidate of choice for Nunavut in the...

Four years after unimaginable loss, Nina Kautuq’s healing takes her to Winnipeg

Four years after a devastating tent fire claimed all but one member of her immediate family, Nina Kautuq is travelling to Winnipeg to meet with the medical team who cared for her husband Ikie...

Hunter Tootoo to enter private sector with family member

Nunavut's independent MP Hunter Tootoo announced July 30 he will not seek re-election in the upcoming October federal election, choosing instead to enter the private sector. Tootoo told Nunavut News it was a difficult decision. "I...

New program supports youth-led community projects

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA), the program begun in Nunavut in 1998 to "cultivate youth leadership, individual career goals, cross-cultural awareness, and international citizenship amongst youth aged 15 to 22" has launched a new program. Northern...

Sold out shows and packed jams make Alianait’s 2019 festival a success

The 2019 Alianait Arts Festival, held June 28 to July 1 in Iqaluit, is a wrap, and staff, tired but very happy, say it was a success. "Sold-out shows. Full houses. The jams were packed,...

Fall marine training replicates life on a ship, ‘as real life as possible’

The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium is offering two rounds of pre-training courses in Iqaluit come September, as well as another round of the Kisarvik Program. "The pre-training program is really an introduction to...

Parties jockey for position ahead of federal election

Three months ahead of a federal election, the Conservative Party so far remains alone in having announced its Nunavut candidate. Leader Andrew Scheer made that announcement in April – veteran politician Leona Aglukkaq returns to...

Cadets celebrate Nunavut Day far from home

Cadets attending the Whitehorse Cadet Training Centre for a summer program celebrated Nunavut's 20th birthday in the company of their fellow cadets July 9. "The idea to celebrate Nunavut Day Came from Sergeants Neevie Kidlap ik...

Actua summer camps return to Nunavut

Actua is back in Nunavut for the summer, delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camps to children across the territory. Actua is holding the camps in 22 communities through-out the summer. "Actua's week-long STEM camps...

Gathering planned to honour missing Pangnirtung woman Mary Papatsie

The Papatsie family, together with Tungasuvvingat Inuit, will host a gathering July 20 to remember and honour Mary Papatsie. Papatsie, who is originally from Pangnirtung but lived in Ottawa for more than 15 years, has...

New Iqaluit community daycare scheduled to open in September

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett, together with a variety of Nunavut and Iqaluit dignitaries, celebrated the completion July 8 of Iqaluit's newest daycare, which is tentatively set to open come September. With a capacity...

Taking a taxi in Iqaluit? Prepare to pay $7 up front starting July 15

No cash, no service – that's the new rule being put in effect by Iqaluit's taxi companies come July 15. That's due to the high number of customers not paying for their taxi rides. Caribou...

Soft opening planned for new Iqaluit take-out restaurant and general grocery store

A new take-out eatery and general grocery store named Hunter's Market opens its doors Tuesday morning in the capital. The shelves are stocked and the kitchen is almost ready to go. "It's the concept we came...

Young Mamaqtuq cooking club chefs inspire cookbook

With the end of the school year the Mamaqtuq Nanook Cooking Club celebrated the successful completion of its fifth year. The cooking club, located at Nanook School in Apex, meets most Fridays to cook up...