Artist Elisapee Ishulutaq of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, has been made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the cultural and economic health of her community as a role model and mentor.
Ishulutaq has contributed drawings to both the tapestry studio and the print workshop in Pangnirtung for more than 40 years. She is the last living artist who participated in the community's first print collection.
Two other Northerners were among 90 people named to the Order of Canada yesterday.
Morley Hanson of Chelsea, Que. named to Order
Hanson is a senior instructor at the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program in Ottawa. He joined the program in 1988, just three years after it began.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a non-profit college training program for Inuit youth who are preparing to enter the workforce in Nunavut, or go on to further university education. It’s emphasis on the history and politics in Nunavut is often described as “eye-opening” by the more than 400 alumni.
Hanson holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Ottawa and has taught in northern Saskatchewan and worked with young offenders in wilderness camps and was involved in the former Katimavik program.
He’s also worked on education program development at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda. He’s currently in Rwanda on a year’s leave of absence.
Dr. Ewan Affleck of Yellowknife named to Order
Dr. Ewan Affleck is a general practitioner based in Yellowknife, but he travels across the territory to provide health care to patients in remote communities.
He says his passion is informatics, or how to use technology to make health care more efficient.
"There are huge opportunities right now to modify how we provide service and care, and we have to because we're going to go bankrupt if we don't, frankly," he said.
"We cannot continue to afford as Canadians the cost of health care. It's going to bankrupt us. So we have to be creative."
Affleck is also an avid cross-country skier and marathon runner.
One other woman with Northern connections was also named to the Order of Canada. Keren Rice of Toronto has been made an officer of the order for her career spent researching and helping to preserve Athapaskan languages.
The Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967. The people appointed today will attend a ceremony in Ottawa at some point to receive their medal.