May they rest in peace: those we lost in 2015
Over the past year, Nunavut and Nunavik residents saw the passing of many familiar people
• Nellie Angutiguluk, 29, of Nunavik, a homicide victim, died May 18 in the Côte-des-Neiges area of Montreal.
• Don Chart, 83, a veteran employee of the Northwest Territories Housing Corp. and well-known Iqaluit resident, died Nov. 30 in eastern Ontario.
• Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, two travellers from the Netherlands, died April 29 while skiing on the sea ice about 200 kilometres north of Resolute Bay.
• Terry Fenge, 65, a highly-respected researcher, administrator and land claims consultant who played key role in negotiating the Nunavut Land Claims agreement, died Nov. 8 in Ottawa.
• Stuart Hodgson, 91, or “Umingmak,” who served as commissioner of the Northwest Territories between 1967 and 1979, died Dec. 18 in Vancouver. Hodgson played a vital role in developing a democratically accountable territorial government, laid the foundations for the NWT legislative assembly, and oversaw the first devolution of province-like powers from Ottawa to the territorial government — over education, local government, and economic development.
• Lucassie Ivalu, former president of the Baffin Regional Inuit Association and former mayor of Igloolik, died in mid-December.
• Mark King Jeffrey, 34, a notorious Iqaluit murderer, died June 29 at the Beaver Creek prison near Gravenhurst, Ont. while serving out a life sentence.
• Bob Kadlun, 61, the celebrated NLCA negotiator who in the 1980s and 1990s played a guiding role at the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut, died Aug. 1 at his home in Kugluktuk.
• Meeka Kilabuk, 64, the well-known Inuit leader, business person and women’s rights activist who served as president of Qikiqtani Inuit Association helped found Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, died Nov. 7 in Ottawa.
• Mary Kilaodluk, 72, a revered Cambridge Bay elder who revitalized drum dancing and traditional sewing in the Kitikmeot region, died Sept. 27.
• Manasie Kilukishak, 49, a respected hunter, Canadian Ranger and search and rescue volunteer, died July 5 while attempting to retrieve a snowmobile from the sea ice near Arctic Bay.
• Peter Murdoch, 86, the former Hudson Bay Co. clerk and government administrator who helped create the Ilagiisaq, the Fédération des Co-opératives du Nouveau-Québec, died Dec. 9 in Montreal.
• Sandy Oolayou, 44,of Iqaluit, a prolific hunter and veteran correctional worker with the Department of Justice, died April 7 near Ward Inlet after his snowmobile crashed through the ice while competing in the Toonik Tyme seal hunting contest.
• Ross Wyvern Peyton, 86, a versatile entrepreneur who lived in Pangnirtung for many years, died Oct. 19 at his home in Newfoundland.
• Simon Twyee, 76, a beloved Rankin Inlet elder, died of natural causes on the land Aug. 29 after he had gone out hunting on his all-terrain-vehicle.