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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.

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That's a far cry from the 18 members – eight...

Two charged with murder in Pond Inlet

RCMP's Major Crimes Unit have charged two people with second-degree murder in Pond Inlet. Pond Inlet officers responded to a disturbance in the early morning hours of April 7, and found a deceased 21-year-old man. "The...

Nunavut’s economy will see very high growth in coming years, says GN economist

The territory's immediate economic forecast is looking good, with very high growth in the next four years, though it must overcome challenges in the longer term, such as graduating more students from high school...

With warm weather comes Toonik Tyme

The 54th Toonik Tyme kicks off with an opening ceremony April 11, with the naming of the 2019 Toonik, as well as the Honorary Toonik. "When Toonik Tyme started we used to have a toonik...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Pangnirtung’s Rita Claire Mike-Murphy named emerging talent, food centre receives $3000,...

This week, the multi-talented Rita Claire Mike-Murphy is recognized for her work on children's TV series Anaana's Tent, as she prepares to release a new album, the Qajuqturvik Food Centre receives a $3000 donation,...

Long-time Nunavut educator critiques territory’s education system in new book

The last time Nunavummiut heard from retired teacher Nick Newbery was at a 2015 ceremony, when he donated 3,600 photographs to the Government of Nunavut. (Those photos remain available for download and use by Nunavummiut.) Now...

Speaker of Nunavut Legislative Assembly Joe Enook has died

Joe Enook, Speaker of Nunavut's 5th Legislative Assembly, has died. "It is my sad duty to announce the passing of Speaker Joe Enook, who left us yesterday following a short illness," stated deputy speaker Simeon Mikkungwak...

Women in politics 22 years after gender parity plebiscite

On May 26, 1997, two years in advance of the territory's official creation, future Nunavummiut voted in a non-binding plebiscite on whether or not the territory's legislative assembly should see equal representation of men...

Elder wants her grandchildren’s grandchildren to speak Inuktitut, she says at language conference

"We all have a role." These are the words of elder Alicie Joamie, spoken in Inuktitut at the opening panel of the 2019 Inuugatta Inuktuuqta Conference. Joamie explained how when Inuit moved away from old lives...

Irniq hails successes of Nunavummiut

Recalling April 1, 1999, Piita Irniq says he was looking after 50 Inuit elders from every community in Nunavut. "I was a DM (deputy minister) of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth," says Irniq. "All the Elders...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Traditional games in Sanikiluaq, 180 Joamie students learn the fiddle, and pro...

This week, Quentin Sala tells about a successful week-long traditional Inuit Games project, Darlene Nuqingaq explains how 180 new fiddle player could be found under one roof, and two well-known photographers, David Kilabuk and...

AROUND NUNAVUT: New manager/curator for Iqaluit museum, Whale Cove school wins at literacy,...

This week, the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum welcomes new manager curator Jessica Kotierk, Inuglak School celebrates a very successful literacy initiative, and Fred Hunt is recognized for his vital role at the Tununiq Sauniq Co-op. New...

Baffinland IIBA, cannabis, gender and youth in mining, the economy – all are up...

From rock science to the territorial economy, from getting youth interested to diversity in industry – there's much on offer at the 2019 Nunavut Mining Symposium April 1 to 4. The theme this year is...

Inuksuk for British Museum’s 2020 Arctic exhibition

While building an inuksuk on the land can take Piita Irniq an hour or two, building one at the British Museum in London required considerable logistics. "Building an inuksuk outside my homeland normally takes a...

Inuit, Baffinland seek common ground on Phase 2 proposal

Inuit and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. are together grappling with the main issues related to the company's Phase 2 bid in a series of risk assessment workshops. The first took place at the Mary River...

Trauma and treatment centre likely, but overall federal budget disappoints Nunavut leaders

Underwhelmed – that was Nunavut Finance Minister George Hickes' reaction to the federal government's 2019 pre-election budget issued Tuesday. On the "welcome news" front, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau indicated his Liberal government's intention of...

Bring birthing home to communities, say advocates

Nataasha Komakjuak decided to give birth to her third child in her home community of Arviat. "I didn't want to leave my two younger ones, my four-year-old daughter and my son who was three. I...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Four Corners wins the cover spot, a science fundraiser for Baffin...

This week, the art of Inuk artist Dayle Kubluitok wins her the Nunavut directory cover, the Qikiqtaalummi Science Fair Association asks for help, and Apex youth petition Iqaluit city council for a rink of...

Obed scolds southern press at historic national TB apology

Moments after Inuit from across Inuit Nunangat heard Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliver a national apology in Iqaluit March 8 for the violation of their human rights during the tuberculosis epidemic in the mid-1900s,...

AROUND NUNAVUT: A safe driving project, an educational opportunity, a literacy gift, and...

This week, the Ayalik Fund shares an educational opportunity open to interested Nunavut youth, Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik's principal shares a great literacy gift the school received, and a visitor from 20 years ago bring the...