Canada appoints new commissioner for Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut

Nellie T. Kusugak will be the fifth Commissioner of Nunavut. (Government of Nunavut)
Nellie T. Kusugak will be the fifth Commissioner of Nunavut. (Government of Nunavut)
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced this week that Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak has been named the new Commissioner of Nunavut.

Kusugak had a long career in education before she retired, teaching traditional culture in Canada’s Northwest Territories and eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.

“Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak’s deep knowledge of Government and the Inuit language and culture make her an ideal choice as Commissioner of Nunavut and I am certain she will excel in this role,” Harper said in a news release on Tuesday.

The role of the Comissioner of Nunavut is similar to the role of Governor General in Canada, or Lieutenant Governor in Canada’s provinces.

Kusugak takes over as Commissioner from Edna Elias who served in the position since 2010.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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