Nellie Cournoyea in Inuvik, 2006
|6th Premier of the Northwest Territories|
November 14, 1991 – November 22, 1995
|Prime Minister||Brian Mulroney
|Commissioner||Daniel L. Norris
|Preceded by||Dennis Patterson|
|Succeeded by||Don Morin|
|MLA for Western Arctic|
October 1, 1979 – November 21, 1983
|Preceded by||John Steen|
|Succeeded by||riding dissolved|
|MLA for Nunakput|
November 21, 1983 – October 16, 1995
|Preceded by||new district|
|Succeeded by||Vince Steen|
March 4, 1940 |
Aklavik, Northwest Territories
|Political party||non-partisan consensus government|
Nellie Cournoyea, OC (born March 4, 1940 in Aklavik, Northwest Territories) is a Canadian politician, who served as the sixth Premier of the Northwest Territories from 1991 to 1995. She was the first female premier of a Canadian territory and the second female premier in Canadian history after Rita Johnston of British Columbia.
She was first elected to the territorial Legislative Assembly in 1979, representing the electoral district of Western Arctic until it was dissolved in 1983, and then the new district of Nunakput for the remainder of her career in politics. She served the government in a variety of cabinet positions.
On November 14, 1991, she was chosen as premier under the territory's consensus government system, in which the premier is chosen by elected members following the general election. Cournoyea served as premier until 1995, and subsequently chose not to stand for reelection to the Legislative Assembly. She currently serves as chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.
She was a winner of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, now the Indspire Awards, in 1994, and has been awarded honorary doctorates in law from Lakehead University, Carleton University and the University of Toronto.
As a child, Cournoyea attended an aboriginal residential school. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report described how she was sheltered by Aboriginal families along her route when she ran away from an Anglican hostel in the Northwest Territories after a confrontation with a teacher.
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- "Inuit Congratulate Nellie Cournoyea For Induction into Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame". Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. February 19, 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
- "Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Executive Summary" (PDF). p. 121. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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