from the Commissioner of Nunavut
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Commissioner’s website. This website will help me bring Nunavummiut together, celebrate our lives and promote Nunavut at home and throughout the world.
It is with great honour and respect that I accept the role as Nunavut’s 4th Commissioner to serve all Nunavummiut and to represent their interests, values and traditions locally, nationally and internationally. I took the challenge with the teachings of my grandparents and parents and many other great Elders in mind and heart at my Swearing-in ceremony on May 31, 2010 in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
During the next five years I look forward to travelling extensively throughout Nunavut to participate in celebrations, graduations and cultural events, present awards, recognize residents of distinction, to speak to students and to honour citizens.
Representing all Nunavummiut and promoting Nunavut within the context of the broader worlds is important, as is informing the public of the role of Commissioner. Please visit my website periodically to learn of my activities.
Quanna takuyaqturakni Qaritauyakkut Uvamnut Naunaitkutinganik.
Biography: Edna Ekhivalak Elias
Public Service Announcement
Nunavut Commissioner’s Awards Ceremony in Rankin Inlet
Iqaluit, Nunavut (May 2, 2013) - The Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias, will be presenting Youth Achievement and Bravery awards to Rankin Inlet residents at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Sinngittuq Hall.
Christmas Open House and Medals and Awards Ceremony
Iqaluit, Nunavut (December 10, 2012) - Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias, is hosting a Christmas open house and a medals and awards ceremony on December 13, 2012, at the Anglican Parish Hall.
Nunavut Commissioner’s Arts AwardNomination Form
Celebrating Performing Artistic Excellence
Deadline for nominations is 31 May 2013
For more information please see Commissioner's Arts Award Guideline.
Commissioner’s Christmas Message
Iqaluit, NUNAVUT (December 7, 2012) - As the season of Christmas rapidly approaches in our busy lives, may we all take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Commissioner Elias and Premier Aariak welcome the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Nunavut
Photo of the arrival
Iqaluit, NUNAVUT (September 12, 2012)
Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Iqaluit, Nunavut (February 06, 2012) - “Today marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. This occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a
time for Nunavummiut, and indeed all Canadians, to celebrate the contributions of our head of state and to reflect on our territory and nation's growth during her reign."
Commissioner Elias said. “We are especially proud of the Queen’s visits to Nunavut and the north during her reign.” To see photos click here
Raising of the Flag
Women-in-Action - Steps of Hope
Iqaluit, Nunavut (December 13, 2011) - Six Women-in-Action will be taking Steps of Hope towards a shared vision of health and wellness from Umingmaktuuq to Cambridge Bay,
approximately 155 miles across the Coronation Gulf in May 2012. By walking they are reminding themselves that healthy bodies and minds are built a step at a time; hope
is built a step at a time and that a cure for cancer can be achieved by the combined steps of many.
Commissioner of Nunavut offers condolences to those mourning the loss of
Seargeant Janick Gilbert
Iqaluit, Nunavut (October 31, 2011) - “On behalf of all Nunavummiut I wish to offer my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of Seargeant Janick Gilbert,
who died on Thursday October 27, 2011 while on a rescue mission to save two hunters who were stranded at sea east of Igloolik.
Tragedy in Resolute Bay on Saturday 20 August 2011
Iqaluit, Nunavut (August 22, 2011) - "It is with great distress and sadness that I learned about the crash in Resolute Bay on Saturday.
Commissioner’s Awards for Bravery and Humanitarianism
Iqaluit, Nunavut (March 27, 2013 - The Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias awarded a total of eleven (11) Bravery Awards during a ceremony in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, on March 22.
Veronique Nirlungayuk awarded the 2012 Nunavut Performing Arts Award
Iqaluit, Nunavut (March 26, 2013) - The Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias, has awarded the first Performing Arts Award to Rankin Inlet performer
2012 Diamond Jubilee Celebration Comes to an End
Iqaluit, NUNAVUT (February 28, 2013) – The Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias, finished her travels with the Diamond Jubilee year,
ending her tours in the Quttiktuq Riding February 13-21, 2013.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation
and Commissioner’s Awards– Kugluktuk
Iqaluit, NUNAVUT (August 20, 2012) – On August 11, the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, presented the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Commissioner’s Awards in Kugluktuk.
Nunavut Commissioner tours Kivalliq Region
Iqaluit, NUNAVUT (June 21, 2012) – Commissioner Elias recently returned from eight days of touring four communities in the Kivalliq Region where she hosted
community gatherings, with a focus on celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presenting Commissioner’s Awards.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Commissioner’s Awards
Presented in Arctic Bay
Arctic Bay, Nunavut (April 4, 2012) - On March 27, the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut presented the
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Lieutenant Frank May of Arctic Bay.
Commissioner's Cooperation Accord
signed between three territorial commissioners
Whitehorse, Yukon (March 12, 2012) - The three territorial commissioners made a commitment to meet yearly to discuss matters of mutual interest after
signing a Commissioners’ Cooperation Accord last week in Whitehorse.
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