Famous People From Nunavut

Updated June 8, 2017 11.3k views 52 items

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.
Madeleine Allakariallak (born Resolute, Nunavut) 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 ...more
Nancy Karetak-Lindell Age 61 from Arviat, Canada
Nancy Karetak-Lindell (born December 10, 1957) is a former Canadian politician. Previously she was a financial comptroller and municipal councillor in Arviat, Karetak-Lindell ran for a seat in ...more
Pauloosie Paniloo Dec. at 64 (1943-2007) from Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada
Pauloosie Paniloo (1943 Clyde River, Nunavut - April 20, 2007 200 km south of Clyde River, Nunavut) was a territorial level politician. He served as a member of the Northwest Territories ...more
Edna Elias
Edna Elias (born c. 1955) 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. Her term ended ...more
Atuat Akittirq Age 83 from Igloolik, Canada
Atuat Akkitirq is a costume designer.
Jose Kusugak Dec. at 61 (1950-2011) from Repulse Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Jose Kusugak (2 May 1950 – 18 or 19 January 2011) 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 ...more
Age 42 from Cambridge Bay, Canada
Tanya Tagaq (born Tanya Tagaq Gillis, May 5, 1975), also credited as Tagaq, is a Canadian Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuuttiaq), Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria ...more
Age 61 from Baffin Island, Canada
Zacharias Kunuk (born November 27, 1957) is a Canadian Inuk producer and director most notable for his film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, the first Canadian dramatic feature film produced ...more
Michael Gilday Age 32 from Iqaluit, Canada
Michael Gilday is a short track speed skater.
Goo Arlooktoo Dec. at 39 (1963-2002) from Kimmirut, Nunavut, Canada
Gooteleah "Goo" "Mosa" Arlooktoo (November 28, 1963 – April 30, 2002) was a Canadian politician and former cabinet minister from Northwest Territories, Canada. He briefly ...more
Jessie Oonark Dec. at 79 (1906-1985) from Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
Jessie Oonark, ( ᔨᐊᓯ ᐅᓈᖅ; 2 March 1906 – 7 March 1985) was a prolific and influential Canadian Inuit artist of the Utkuhihalingmiut Utkuhiksalingmiut whose wall hangings, prints and drawings are ...more
Jobie Nutarak Dec. at 59 (1947-2006) from Pond Inlet, Canada
Jobie Nutarak (May 10, 1947 – April 22, 2006) was a politician from Nunavut in northern Canada.
Natar Ungalaaq Age 60 from Igloolik, Canada
Natar Ungalaaq (born 1959) 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 ...more
Paul Okalik Age 54 from Pangnirtung, Canada
Paul Okalik (Inuktitut: ᐹᓪ ᐅᑲᓕᖅ, IPA: [paːl ukaliq]; born May 26, 1964) is a Canadian politician. He is the first Inuk to have been called to the Nunavut Bar and the first Premier of Nunavut. On ...more
Eva Aariak Age 64 from Arctic Bay, Canada
Eva Qamaniq Aariaka (Inuktitut: ᐄᕙ ᐋᕆᐊᒃ, IPA: [iːva aːʁiak]; born January 10, 1955) is a Canadian Inuk politician, who was elected in the 2008 territorial election to represent the electoral ...more
Pitseolak Ashoona Dec. at 79 (1904-1983) from Nottingham Island, Canada
Pitseolak Ashoona, (c. 1904 - 28 May 1983; Inuktitut syllabics:ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ ᐊᓲᓇ) was an Inuk Canadian artist admired for her prolific body of work. She was also a member of the Royal Academy of the
Michael Kusugak Age 71 from Repulse Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak (Inuktitut: ᐊᕐᕚᕐᓗᒃ ᑯᓱᒐᖅ) is a storyteller and a Canadian children's writer, who tells stories about Arctic and Inuit culture. He was born April 27, 1948 just north of ...more
Age 36 from Iqaluit, Canada
Annabella Piugattuk (born December 19, 1982) is a Canadian Inuit actress, notable for her role in the 2003 film The Snow Walker.
Peter Kilabuk Age 58 from Pangnirtung, Canada
Peter Kilabuk (born 27 September 1960 in Pangnirtung, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut)) is a Canadian politician, who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the electoral ...more
Joe Allen Evyagotailak Age 65 from Kugluktuk, Canada
Joe Allen Evyagotailak was born 15 July 1953 in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada. Evyagotailak was the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the electoral district of Kugluktuk having won the ...more
Steve Mapsalak Age 61 from Repulse Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Steve Mapsalak (born March 17, 1957) is a Canadian politician, who served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. He first won the Akulliq seat in ...more
Levinia Brown Age 72 from Nunavut, Canada
Levinia Brown (born in 1947 at Dawson Inlet, south of Whale Cove, Nunavut) is a Canadian politician, who served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the electoral district of ...more
Tagak Curley Age 75 from Coral Harbour, Canada
Tagak Curley (born 1944) 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 ...more
Levi Barnabas Age 55 from Igloolik, Canada
Levi Barnabas (born January 24, 1964 in Igloolik, Nunavut) is a Canadian politician. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories in 1995 and served until Nunavut was ...more
Louis Tapardjuk Age 66 from Igloolik, Canada
Louis Tapardjuk (born January 30, 1953 in an igloo northwest of Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada) was the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the electoral district of Amittuq from 2004 to ...more