Marie Belleau

Iqaluit's own Marie Belleau was called to the Nunavut bar yesterday. (Pauline Pemik/CBC) ((Pauline Pemik/CBC))

Iqaluit's own Marie Belleau was called to the Nunavut bar yesterday afternoon to a packed house. The Honorable Madam Justice Bonnie Tulloch welcomed family and friends for the special occasion.

Sandra Omik, a colleague and a friend of Belleau congratulated the new lawyer.

"It's exciting to be here, although she is still quite young, it is so inspiring to see her get through it all, all the hard work has paid off and we are thrilled," Omik said in Inuktitut. 

Belleau was awarded several prizes and scholarships while she studied to become a lawyer. She says she's grateful for the support.

"I am so happy today to be here with my family and to realize I am finally here," she said in Inuktitut. "I am very thankful that so many people came to celebrate with me."

Belleau says she is looking forward to starting her career as a lawyer for Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and begin defending Inuit rights.