APRIL 21, 2005


Born May 22, 1946 in Qakutut, Northwest Territories (NWT), Hanson lived there & in Kimmirut, Baffin Island. Attending schools in Iqaluit, Baker Lake, and Toronto, she learned English as a 2nd language. In 1964, Ann worked as an interpreter/translator for a NWT Member of Parliament. In the mid-1960s, Hanson joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as a receptionist, but soon became an announcer & producer in Inuktitut broadcasting. While earning a degree in community development at St. Francis Xavier University in 1975, Ann also served as the 1st editor of Inukshuk (currently, Nunatsiaq News). From 1987-92, she was NWT deputy commissioner while studying journalism at Nunavut Arctic College.  In 1991, Hanson wrote Show Me: A Young Inuk Learns How To Carve in Canada’s Arctic & narrated the film Starting Fire with Gunpowder about the ​Inuit Broadcasting Corp. In 2003, Ann became a Member of the Order of Canada. From 2005 to 2010, she served as the 3rd commissioner of Nunavut.

Source: Lorraine Snyder, “Ann Meekitjuk Hanson,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 4/22/2013.  Retrieved 9/9/2021, Ann Meekitjuk Hanson | The Canadian Encyclopedia
Photo: Commissioner of Nunavut Official Page.  Fair Use.  Source: www.commissioner.gov.nu.ca/en/fcommissioner.aspx.

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