Born in 1951 on Baffin Island in what is now Nunavut, Canada, Ipellie grew up in Frobisher Bay. Ipellie developed his artistic skills while attending high School in Ottawa, Ontario. Settling in Ottawa in the early 1970s, he did English-Inuktitut translations and was a journalist & cartoonist for the Inuit Monthly (now Inuit Today) magazine. His cartoon strip, Ice Box, started in 1974, presented a humorous, critical view of life for Inuit in the changing north. He eventually served as the magazine’s editor (1979-82). The changes to Inuit life were central to a later strip, Nuna and Vut, as well as to his nonfiction writings such as Those Were the Days (Inuit Monthly, 1974-1976), poetry, and short story collection, Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993)—the 1st published work by an Inuk author. His pen-and-ink drawings are in collections at Carleton University Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, and the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University. Ipellie was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2019.

“Alootook Ipellie,” Strong Nations.  Retrieved 4/21/2021, Alootook Ipellie (Authors) - Strong Nations
Michael P. J. Kennedy, “Southern Exposure: Belated Recognition Of A Significant Inuk Writer-Artist,” retrieved 4/21/2021, Wayback Machine (
Cartoon:  Alootook Ipellie, (Canadian Inuit, 1951-2007), n.d. Northern Oil Fields, n.d., Pen and ink on paper (SLU 2001.19). Image provided by the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY, USA) with permission to publish from Taina Ipellie.

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