Jackie McKay


Jackie McKay is a Métis journalist working for CBC in Nunavut. She has worked as a reporter in Thunder Bay, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Iqaluit. Jackie also worked on CBC Radio One shows including The Current, Metro Morning after graduating from Ryerson University in 2017. Follow her on Twitter @mckayjacqueline.

Latest from Jackie McKay

Former Nunavut nurse appealing decision to strip licence, citing harassment and racism

Willy Tchuilen Ngatcha is appealing a decision made in January 2019 by a board of inquiry— appointed by the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut— on allegations made against him about his competence as a nurse. 

Iqaluit bylaw officers have been wearing body cameras for years

This week Iqaluit city council moved a motion to encourage the territory's RCMP to start wearing body cameras.  Their own bylaw officers have been wearing the cameras for years. 

COVID-19 creating education gaps between Nunavut students

Educators in Nunavut say the COVID-19 pandemic is creating an education gap between students who face barriers to completing school work from home after all schools in the territory closed in March due to health concerns.

City of Iqaluit fines NorthMart for mess around store

The city said it issued the tickets after receiving complaints from residents about garbage and construction debris left around the building. The store is currently rebuilding the warehouse that burned down in 2018. 

City of Iqaluit supports beer and wine store staying open past pilot project

Iqaluit city council narrowly passed a motion to indicate its support to the government of Nunavut to keep the beer and wine store open. The motion sparked a lengthy debate among councillors dividing them on what to do.

Travel plans outside Nunavut? Return quarantine hotel tab could soon be yours, not government's

Starting this week, some Nunavut residents will have to pay for their own hotel isolation if they are returning to the territory. And the stay isn't cheap.

Pond Inlet doesn't know how it will get water if its infrastructure isn't fixed soon

“Eventually the trucks are going to go down through the ice. That’s what we are scared of,” said David Stockley, the senior administrative officer for Pond Inlet. For six months the community has been getting water by driving trucks on to the frozen reservoir and drilling a hole.

Pond Inlet is fed up with late payments from the government of Nunavut

The senior administrative officer for Pond Inlet, Nunavut, is frustrated with the territory's government after quarterly payments that keep the hamlet running came in three weeks late, forcing it to incur overdraft charges.

Nunavik confirms case of COVID-19 in Inukjuak

Inukjuak is the third community in the northern Quebec region to confirm a case of COVID-19.

Iqaluit has been going over its daily water use target by about 300,000 litres

As the snow starts to melt, the city of Iqaluit will need to refill the reservoir to ensure it has enough potable drinking water. This year is the first year the city's water licence will allow it to start pumping as early as May.

Nunavut mental health workers trying to support people isolating in hotels

Government of Nunavut mental health workers are trying to support Nunavummiut isolated in hotel rooms over concerns of COVID-19.  Nearly two weeks ago, Nunavut enforced a strict travel ban, forcing all non-essential workers to spend two weeks in hotel rooms before flying into the territory.

Keeping Iqaluit beer, wine store open is important for harm reduction, says Nunavut's top doctor

'It’s an unfortunate reality that there are people who are alcoholics, who have been using alcohol on a daily basis for many years,' said Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory's chief public health officer.

Northern and NorthMart staff to get pay bump for working through pandemic

“It’s really a thank you to them because our stores have been really busy,” said Alex Yeo, president of Canadian retail for The North West Company. 

Most Iqaluit businesses close doors over pandemic concerns

Many service workers are out of a job due to closures over COVID-19. The Iqaluit legion laid off 35 workers and are worried about paying its bills.

COVID-19 could hit Nunavut harder than elsewhere, says territory's top doctor

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a news conference Monday that the actions of Nunavummiut over the next few weeks will determine how badly the territory could be hit by the virus.