Ann Meekitjuk Hanson

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Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
3rd Commissioner of Nunavut
In office
2005 – April 10, 2010
Prime Minister Paul Martin
Stephen Harper
Premier Paul Okalik
Eva Aariak
Personal details
Born 1946[1]
"Ann Hanson" redirects here. For other uses, see Ann Hanson (disambiguation).

Ann Meekitjuk Hanson (Inuktitut: ᐋᓐ ᒦᖀᑦᔩᒃ ᐦᐋᓐᓱᓐ/an miiqitjuk hansun) was the Commissioner of Nunavut. She served from April 21, 2005 until April 10, 2010.[2] Hanson, like all Inuit born between the 1940s and the 1970s, was labelled with a disc number by the Government of Canada, which, in her case was E7-121.[3]

She spent the first 11 years of her life speaking only Inuktitut and living in Qakutut and Kimmirut. She attended schools in Iqaluit, Baker Lake (Qamanituaq), and Toronto, where she was known as Annie Cotterill.[3] She studied community development at Saint Francis Xavier University, geography at the University of Windsor and received a diploma with honors in journalism from Nunavut Arctic College.

Hanson's career has been diverse. She has been a civil servant, broadcaster, journalist and author.[4] She has used her skills in Inuktitut throughout her career. Joining the federal government in 1964, she served as a secretary and interpreter/translator in the office of Northwest Territories MP Eugène Rhéaume.

She joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a receptionist, later becoming an announcer and producer in Inuktitut broadcasting. Hanson was the first editor of the Iqaluit community newspaper Inukshuk, which later became Nunatsiaq News. She is the author of Show Me, a book written in Inuktitut and English.

In addition to her work in journalism, Hanson also served with the government of the Northwest Territories as a community development worker, counsellor and deputy commissioner.

Hanson has spent considerable time as a volunteer, helping to start a number of organizations in Iqaluit. These organizations include the Juvenile Court Committee, the Elders Group, the Inuit Cultural Group, and the Quinuajuaq Society.

Hanson lives in Iqaluit with her husband, Robert Hanson. They have five grown daughters.

Arms[edit]

Arms of Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson Arms.svg
Notes
The arms of Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, presented on a roundel rather than the escutcheon shape traditional in European heraldry, consist of:[5]
Crest
Issuant from five purple saxifrage flowers, a rock ptarmigan wings elevated and addorsed proper.
Escutcheon
Purpure a qulliq Argent enflamed Or.
Supporters
Dexter the figure of Sedna proper vested Or queued Argent, sinister a ring seal proper.
Compartment
Barry wavy Purpure and Argent flanking a mount of tundra proper.
Motto
Co-Operation Enhances Peace (In English and in Inuktitut)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ New Nunavut commissioner to be named soon
  3. ^ a b What's In A Name? by Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
  4. ^ Snyder, Lorraine (2009). "Hanson, Ann Meekitjuk". The Canadian Encyclopedia > Biography > Commissioners. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume V), Ottawa, 2007, p. 146 
Preceded by
Peter Irniq
Commissioner of Nunavut
2005-2010
Succeeded by
Nellie Kusugak
(acting)