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)cbc.ca
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