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List of famous people from Nunavut, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Nunavut, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Nunavut you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Nunavut, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Olayuk Akesuk and Jeannie Ugyuk.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Nunavut?" or "Which celebrities were born in Nunavut?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Madeleine Allakariallak Madeleine Allakariallak is a Canadian Inuit musician and television journalist. Formerly a member of the Inuit throat singing duo Tudjaat, from 2005 to 2007 she was also the host of the weekly ...more

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Nancy Karetak-Lindell age 59 - Nancy Karetak-Lindell is a former Canadian politician. Previously she was a financial comptroller and municipal councillor in Arviat, Karetak-Lindell ran for a seat in the Canadian House of ...more

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Pauloosie Paniloo Died at 64 (1943-2007) - Pauloosie Paniloo was a territorial level politician. He served as a member of the Northwest Territories Legislature from 1983 to 1987. He was also a member of the Canadian Rangers, serving as a ...more

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Edna Elias Edna Elias is a Canadian politician from Kugluktuk, Nunavut. On 12 May 2010 she was appointed as the 4th Commissioner of Nunavut by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Elias, who was in 2009 ...more

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Atuat Akittirq age 80 - Atuat Akkitirq is a costume designer.

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Jose Kusugak Died at 61 (1950-2011) - Jose Kusugak was an Inuk politician from Repulse Bay, Nunavut, Canada. He moved, along with his family, to Rankin Inlet in 1960. Kusugak was born in Repulse Bay, Kivalliq, Nunavut, Canada. After ...more

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Tanya Tagaq Gillis age 40 - Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria Island. After attending school in Cambridge Bay, at age 15, she went to Yellowknife, ...more

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Zacharias Kunuk age 59 - Zacharias Kunuk, OC is a Canadian Inuk producer and director most notable for his film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, the first Canadian dramatic feature film produced entirely in Inuktitut. He is ...more

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Michael Gilday age 30 - Michael Gilday is a short track speed skater.

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Goo Arlooktoo Died at 39 (1963-2002) - Goo "Mosa" Arlooktoo was a politician and former cabinet minister from Northwest Territories, Canada. He briefly served as acting premier of the territory.

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Jessie Oonark Died at 79 (1906-1985) - Jessie Oonark, OC RCA was a prolific, influential Canadian Inuit artist of the Utkuhihalingmiut Utkuhiksalingmiut whose wall hangings, prints and drawings are in major collections including the ...more

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Jobie Nutarak Died at 59 (1947-2006) - Jobie Nutarak was a politician from Nunavut in northern Canada. Nutarak was born in Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. He was elected to the district of Tunnuniq in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004. In ...more

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Natar Ungalaaq age 56 - Natar Ungalaaq is a Canadian Inuit actor, filmmaker, and sculptor whose artwork is in many major collections of Inuit art worldwide. Before playing the lead roles in Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner ...more

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Paul Okalik age 51 - Paul Okalik MLA is a Canadian politician. He is the first Inuk member called to the Nunavut Bar, the first Premier of Nunavut and the only multi-term premier elected in consensus-style ...more

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Eva Aariak age 60 - Eva Qamaniq Aariak, is a Canadian politician, who was elected in the 2008 territorial election to represent the electoral district of Iqaluit East in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She was ...more

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Pitseolak Ashoona Died at 79 (1904-1983) - Pitseolak Ashoona, CM was an Inuit Canadian artist admired for the unpretentious authenticity in her works. She was also a member of the Royal Academy of the Arts.

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Michael Kusugak age 67 - Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak; born April 27, 1948 in Repulse Bay, Nunavut, where he spent much of his childhood. He is a storyteller and a Canadian children's writer, who tells stories about Arctic ...more

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Annabella Piugattuk age 34 - Annabella Piugattuk is a Canadian Inuit actress, notable for her role in the 2003 film The Snow Walker.

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Peter Kilabuk age 55 - Peter Kilabuk is a Canadian politician, who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Pangnirtung in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 1999 to 2008. On 9 ...more

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Joe Allen Evyagotailak age 62 - Joe Allen Evyagotailak was born 15 July 1953 in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada. Evyagotailak was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Kugluktuk having won the seat in ...more

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Steve Mapsalak age 58 - Steve Mapsalak is a Canadian politician, who has served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. He first won the Akulliq seat in the 2004 Nunavut ...more

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Levinia Brown age 70 - Levinia Brown is a Canadian politician, who served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut ...more

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Tagak Curley age 71 - Tagak Curley is an Inuit leader, politician and businessman from Nunavut. As a prominent figure in the negotiations that led to the creation of Nunavut, Tagak is considered a living father of ...more

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Levi Barnabas age 51 - Levi Barnabas is a Canadian politician. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories in 1995 and served until Nunavut was created in 1999. Barnabas served as the first ...more

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Louis Tapardjuk age 62 - Louis Tapardjuk in an igloo northwest of Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Amittuq from 2004 to 2013, having won the seat in the ...more

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Thomas Suluk age 65 - Thomas Suluk is a former Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Nunatsiaq in the Canadian House of Commons from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the Progressive Conservatives.

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Manitok Thompson age 62 - Manitok Catherine Thompson is a politician from northern Canada. Manitok was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories in a by-election held on May 8, 1995 held ...more

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Charlie Panigoniak age 71 - Charlie Panigoniak is an Inuit singer-songwriter and guitarist whose albums reflect on northern life. He began recording in the early 1970s, including projects for broadcaster CBC Northern ...more

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David Alagalak age 73 - David Alagalak is a Canadian politician, who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Arviat in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 2004 to 2008. Prior to ...more

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Jack Anawak age 65 - Jack Iyerak Anawak is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Nunatsiaq in the Canadian House of Commons from 1988 to 1997. He sat in the house as a member of the Liberal ...more

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Peter Irniq age 68 - Peter Taqtu Irniq is an Inuk politician in Canada, who served as the second Commissioner of Nunavut from April 2000 to April 2005.

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James Arreak age 63 - James Arreak is a territorial and municipal level politician in Canada. He has served as a member of both the Nunavut and Northwest Territories legislatures. Arreak is from Clyde River, Nunavut, ...more

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Peter Ittinuar age 65 - Peter Freuchen K. Ittinuar is a Canadian politician. He was the first Inuk in Canada to be elected as an MP, and represented the electoral district of Nunatsiaq in the Canadian House of Commons ...more

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Peter Kattuk age 65 - Peter Kattuk is currently the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Hudson Bay in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 1999 to 2008. Prior to becoming an MLA, ...more

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Andrew Qappik age 51 - Andrew Qappik is a Canadian Inuit graphic artist currently residing in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Qappik is known for his printmaking and his contribution to the Nunavut Coat of arms. Qappik's prints ...more

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Olayuk Akesuk age 50 - Olayuk Akesuk is a politician from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada. Akesuk was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of South Baffin from 1999 to 2008, having won the ...more

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David Simailak David Simailak from Baker Lake was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Baker Lake having won the seat in the 2004 Nunavut election. Simailak was the Minister of ...more

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Patterk Netser Patterk Netser is a Canadian politician, who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Nanulik in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 2004 to 2008. Prior to ...more

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Osuitok Ipeelee Died at 83 (1922-2005) - Osuitok Ipeelee was an Inuit sculptor who lived in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. His sculptures in green soapstone of caribou and birds are particularly esteemed for their balance and delicacy. He was ...more

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Hunter Tootoo age 52 - Hunter Tootoo is a politician in Nunavut, Canada. He is the former speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. He represented the riding of Iqaluit Centre from 1999 to 2013, and has also ...more

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Enuk Pauloosie age 54 - Enuk Pauloosie was a Canadian politician, who was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Nattilik in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2008 ...more

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Peter Taptuna Peter Taptuna is a Canadian politician serving as the third and current Premier of Nunavut, the largest territory in Northern Canada. He was first elected in the general election held on October ...more

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Jeannie Ugyuk Jeannie Ugyuk is a Canadian politician, who was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Nattilik in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2010 ...more

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Annie Pootoogook age 47 - Annie Pootoogook is a contemporary Canadian Inuit artist.

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Lorne Kusugak Lorne Kusugak is a Canadian politician, who is Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut for the electoral district of Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove, having won the seat in the 2008 Nunavut ...more

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Ningeokuluk Teevee age 52 - Ningeokuluk Teevee is a Canadian Inuk writer and artist. Her first children's book, Alego, is currently a nominee for the 2009 Governor General's Award for children's literature illustration.

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Johnny Ningeongan Johnny Ningeongan is a Canadian politician, who was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Nanulik in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2008 ...more

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Glenn McLean age 62 - Glenn McLean is a former territorial level politician in Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 1999 until 2004. McLean ran for a seat in the 1999 Nunavut ...more

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Kananginak Pootoogook Died at 75 (1935-2010) - Kananginak Pootoogook was an Inuk sculptor and printmaker who lived in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, in Canada. He died as a result of complications related to surgery for lung cancer.

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David Iqaqrialu age 61 - David Iqaqrialu is a former territorial level politician from Nunavut, Canada. He served as a member of the Nunavut Legislature from 1999 until 2004. Iqaqrialu was first elected to the Nunavut ...more