Nancy Karetak-Lindell

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Nancy Karetak-Lindell
ᓇᓐᓰ ᑲᕆᑕᒃ-ᓕᓐᑎᓪ
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Nunavut
In office
Preceded by Jack Anawak
Succeeded by Leona Aglukkaq
Personal details
Born (1957-12-10) December 10, 1957 (age 59)
Arviat, Northwest Territories
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) widowed - Jon Lindell (died 1998)
Residence Arviat, Nunavut
Profession Aviation employee, financial comptroller

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 the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal candidate in the 1997 federal election in the riding of Nunavut. She was re-elected easily in the 2000 and 2004 elections.[1]

She was the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources in 2003.[1] She also served as the chair and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development,[1] a member of the Liaison Committee,[1] an associate member of both the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage[2] and the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.[3]

Karetak-Lindell retained her seat in the 2006 federal election, but later announced she would not seek re-election in the 2008 election.[4] Her decision to step down was to spend more time with her family and to take care of her elderly parents.[4]

She was born in Arviat, Northwest Territories, now Nunavut,[1] and is of mixed Icelandic and Inuit descent. She is a single mother of four sons (Jackson, Amauyaq, KV and Nooks). She was director of the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship Program from 2009 until 2012.[5]

In 2013, she was appointed to the board of directors of Northwestel, a telephone company that serves Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.[5]

Karetak-Lindell currently volunteers on the board of directors of the Katimavik youth volunteer program.[6]


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