Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, journalist, broadcaster, philanthropist, commissioner of NUNAVUT (b at Qakutut, NWT, 22 May 1946).
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, journalist, broadcaster, philanthropist, commissioner of Nunavut (b at Qakutut, NWT, 22 May 1946). Hanson has spent much of her professional life in the civil service, furthering the development of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut, and its people through her media and philanthropic work. Hanson spent the first years of her life in Qakutut and Kimmirut, in the former Northwest Territories, speaking and writing solely in Inuktitut. She attended schools in Iqaluit, Qamanituaq and Toronto, adding English as her second language. She then began studying community development at St Francis Xavier University and geography at the University of Windsor, and added an honours diploma in journalism from Nunavut Arctic College to her university degrees. Her education complete, Hanson embarked on a diverse career that ranged from civil service to authorship.
Hanson began her career in the public service in 1964, when she joined the federal government as a secretary and interpreter/translator in the office of Nunatsiaq Member of Parliament Gene Rheaume. She later joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, first as a receptionist and then as an announcer and producer in Inuktitut broadcasting. She also served as the Northwest Territories' Deputy Commissioner from 1987 to 1992. Concurrently, Hanson became the first editor of the community newspaper Inukshuk (currently the Nunatsiaq News). While pursuing her career, Hanson continued to make vital contributions to Iqaluit's community life through her philanthropic work, helping to start several organizations such as the Juvenile Court Committee, the Elders Group, the Inuit Cultural Group, and the Quinuajuaq Society.
On 21 April 2005, Hanson was installed as the third commissioner of Nunavut, replacing former commissioner Peter Irniq, whom she served under as deputy. Since her appointment, she has continued to pursue her philanthropic work and authorship in addition to her duties as the Queen's representative in Nunavut. Her recently published book, Show Me, is written in both Inuktitut and English.