I was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, alongside my seven siblings. However, my parents originate from Nunavik in Northern Quebec, they moved to Resolute Bay in 1952 when the government forced them to relocate. I was able to attend school in Resolute Bay until grade six, after which I had to leave home and move to Iqaluit to complete school. After high school I received numerous certificates while attending the Nunavut Education Program, including some from the Department of Justice, as well as my Bachelor of Education.
While my job experience in Nunavut has been varied, my vocational path has been quite clear and has focused on working with youth. I have been able to work directly and indirectly with adolescents both in the educational system as well as in correctional facilities. I currently hold the position of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Coordinator for Education Headquarters in Iqaluit. I am also the proud mother of three children and two grandchildren.