I was born in Winnipeg, the daughter of two teachers and the oldest of three children. I was raised in Rankin Inlet where I completed all of my school except for a year when I lived in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with my grandmother. Near the end of my high school career I became pregnant with my son, Qaritaq. I left the following year for university, but returned home after my first year. I switched to distance education as I was much too homesick for my son, who I had had to leave behind. My husband, Pujjuut, son and I moved to Iqaluit so that I could attend the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), where I graduated four years later with my Bachelor of Education. After graduating I began teaching and continue to do so today.