Monica Ell-Kanayuk

Breakfast Keynote – Wednesday, September 21, 2017

Sponsored by Lester Landau

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The Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk was re-elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013 to represent the new constituency of Iqaluit-Manirajak in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Ms. Ell-Kanayuk was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 15, 2013 proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Ms. Ell-Kanayuk was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2013. 

Ms. Ell-Kanayuk previously sat in the 3rd Legislative Assembly, following a by-election for the riding of Iqaluit West held on September 12, 2011. Ms. Ell-Kanayuk served as Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation and Minister responsible for the Status of Women. 

Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Ell-Kanayuk served as Director of Programming for the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and spent 18 years in media. Ms. Ell- Kanayuk is a former Director of Economic Development at Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. She has also served as President of the Nunavut Economic Forum, President of the Baffin Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Atuqtuarvik Corporation and Vice-President of Pauktuutit, the national organization representing Inuit women. 

Ms. Ell-Kanayuk lives in Iqaluit with her spouse, Eeneasie Kanayuk. They have five children, as well as several grandchildren. 

Ms. Ell-Kanayuk has had a lifelong passion for clothing design and sewing. In 1996, her former business, Arctic Creations, received the “Business of the Year” award from the Nunavut Chamber of Commerce.


ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓕᖅᑭᓚᐅᕐᒪᓐ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅᑕᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒃᑑᕝᕙ 28, 2013−, ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᕕᓕᐊᖑᕋᑖᔪᔪᒥᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦᒪᓂᕋᔭᒻᒥ ᓯᑕᒪᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᕕᖓᓂ. ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᖃᑕᐅᖁᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᕕᐅᑉ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕋᓛᖏᓐᓂ ᓅᕖᕝᕙ 15, 2013−ᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑏᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᕈᖅᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᖏᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓅᕖᕝᕙ 19, 2013−ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ. 

ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᐱᖓᔪᖏᓐᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᕕᒻᒥ, ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓇᐅᑉ ᐊᑯᓐᓂᖓᒍᑦᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅᑕᖃᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦᐱᖓᓐᓇᖓᓂᒃ ᓰᑏᕝᕙ 12, 2011. ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐃᓄᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ, ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᓐᖏᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᖁᓪᓕᖅ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᓪ ᑯᐊᐳᕇᓴᓐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᐅᑎᖏᓐᓂᑦ. 

ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᕕᒧᓪᓕ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᑕ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᕋᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ 18−ᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ. ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᓐᖓᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐅᕋᓱᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᖑᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ, ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᖑᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒻᒥᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᓐ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᖑᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒋᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒻᒥ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᓖᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖓᓄᑦ, ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᒧᑦ 

ᑐᖏᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒋᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᖅᕕᒃ  ᑯᐊᐳᕇᓴᓐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᒧᓐ ᑐᖏᓕᐅᓐᓂᕆᓪᓗᓂ ᐸᐅᒃᑑᑎᒃᑯᓐᓂ; ᑖᓐᓇᓕ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒧ ᑐᕌᖓᔪᖅ ᑎᒥᐅᔪᖅ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔪᖅ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᓇᓂᒃ.  ᒥᓯᔅ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᖓᓗ, ᐃᓂᐊᓯ ᑲᓇᔪᖅ. ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓂᒃ ᕿᑐᕐᖓᖃᖅᑐᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᓄᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᕐᖑᑕᖃᖅᑐᑦ. 

ᒪᓂᑲ ᐃᐅᓪᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐊᓐᓄᕋᔾᔨᐅᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᒥᖅᓱᓂᕐᒥᓪᓗ ᐃᓅᓯᓕᒫᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᖃᐃᓐᓇᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ. 1996-ᒥ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᖃᐅᑎᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᐃᑦ, ᐃᓕᓴᕆᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᑖᓚᐅᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᖃᐅᑎᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓂᖅᐹᒥᒃᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᖃᐅᑎᓖᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖓᓂᑦ.