Ottawa, Ontario - 23 June 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak as Commissioner of Nunavut.
Mrs. Kusugak is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Nunavut, a position in which she has served since 2010. She is a retired instructor and teacher of traditional and cultural education in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
In 2014, Mrs. Kusugak received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her commitment to preserving and protecting the Inuit language and culture. She advances this work as a member of numerous steering committees and associations and as a volunteer in her community, sharing her passion, knowledge and expertise with others.
The appointment announced today is the culmination of a process undertaken by the Advisory Committee on Vice-Regal Appointments.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to thank the Honourable Edna Elias, the previous Commissioner, for her dedicated service to Nunavut since May 2010.