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 didn’t want to lose them for a long time, for three weeks,” she said. “I refused to leave. I refused...
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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.