2 Rankin Inlet residents appointed to Order of Nunavut

Maryanne Inuaraq Tattuinee and Dorothy Atuat Tootoo to be installed in fall legislature sitting

This year’s Order of Nunavut will be awarded to Rankin Inlet residents Maryanne Inuaraq Tattuinee and Dorothy Atuat Tootoo. The pair will have their investiture ceremony during the fall legislature sitting. (File photo by Jane George)

By Nunatsiaq News

A respected elder and a community volunteer from Rankin Inlet have been appointed to the Order of Nunavut, according to a news release from Tony Akoak, the Speaker of the legislative assembly. It’s the highest honour granted in Nunavut is intended to recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the territory, the release states.

Maryanne Inuaraq Tattuinee is being recognized for the counselling and guidance she provided to generations of young people, as well as for the aid and comfort that she provided to Inuit receiving treatment for tuberculosis at the Clearwater Lake Sanatorium during the 1950s, the release said.

Tattuinee also participated in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Dorothy Atuat Tootoo is being recognized for her work in Rankin Inlet, including her role role as a manager with Nunavut Arctic College and her work with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the release said.

Tootoo previously received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Polar Medal.

“This year’s recipients of the Order of Nunavut are inspiring women whose contributions and service have made a profound difference in the lives of countless Nunavummiut,” Akoak said in the release.

Tattuinee and Tootoo’s investiture ceremony is set to take place during the fall legislative assembly session.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Elder on

    The only people who know how do the application are the ones who were in the government or perhaps have been a Commissioner of Nunavut. This is not advertised well and it shows when two people from the same community get selected. One person is not even well known in the community for helping the community. Recognizing only those related to you is so common in Nunavut.

    • Posted by Misery Elder Loves Company on

      Congratulations to the 2 most well deserved amazing women receiving the Order of Nunavut! See you there in person!

  2. Posted by Jay Arnakak on

    congratulations to Maryanne Inuaraq Tattuinee, and, especially, Dorothy Atuat Tootoo for being appointed members of the Order of Nunavut (full disclosure: I know Dorothy Atuat as a former colleague and trusted friend).

    Let poo-poos poo-poo but in no way does that diminish our acknowledgement and recognition of your respective leadership roles in service of your communities, long unsung but ever generous and willing to help others.


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