Aspiring nurse, community advocate, named Pauktuutit’s women of the year

Iqaluit’s Naomi Tatty and Nain’s Emelia Angnatok awarded for their efforts

Naomi Tatty, left, and Emelia Angnatok, right, were named by Pauktuutit as Inuit Women of the Year. (Photos courtesy of Pauktuutit)

By Nunatsiaq News

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has named an Iqaluit community advocate and a student from Nunatsiavut its Inuit Women of the Year.

Naomi Tatty, who works as a customer service agent at Canadian North, was awarded Inuk Woman of the Year for her work assisting Inuit families in need across Canada, according to a news release from Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s association.

“Naomi is also well known by community members for organizing fundraisers to assist with the cost of travel and funeral expenses for those who have lost a loved one,” the release said of the Iqaluit resident.

“Naomi proudly helps to keep Inuit culture strong by sharing her skills in sewing and the Inuktut language.”

Emelia Angnatok was recognized as Young Inuk Woman of the Year for her small business in which she sells traditional earrings, as well as for her “lifestyle that has strong connections to Inuit culture and traditions,” including hunting, fishing and trapping, the release said.

The graduate of Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain, Labrador, plans to study at Memorial University of Newfoundland to become a registered nurse.

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“Being awarded with the Young Inuk Woman of the Year award showed me that no matter where you come from, big or small, there are ample opportunities for Inuit youth by showing passion about our culture and participating in events that will carry on traditional practices,” Angnatok said.

“I’m beyond thankful to have been awarded, and I hope that other Inuit youth will continue to do what I am doing by keeping our culture alive.” 

“These awards are dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Inuit women and all of their contributions to our communities and culture,” Pauktuutit’s interim president Gerri Sharpe said in the release.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Aspiring Nurse on

    I aspired once to be an astronaut but was never given an award for my aspirations.

    • Posted by Jay Arnakak on

      we are more than the sum of our parts.

      In a community as small the Inuit community, luminaries have a way of rising up like cream but whose accomplishments tend to remain hidden to all except those who actually look for them (Pauktuutit has been looking and tracking these women of note). Rampant unemployment and living hand-to-mouth; the two have addressed these in their own ways.

      grievance politics don’t look good on anyone and you are no different

  2. Posted by Low Bar on

    Ironically, you are right to say anyone can achieve something like this (unless you are a male, though) because apparently selling earnings is enough to catch Pauktuutit’s attention. This organization is bloated and absurd.


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