Speaker Profiles

The Hon.  Monica Ell-Kanayuk

The Hon. Monica Ell-Kanayuk

Deputy Premier


The Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk was re-elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the new constituency of Iqaluit-Manirajak in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Ms. Ell was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 15, 2013, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Ms. Ell was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2013.

Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk previously sat in the 3rd Legislative Assembly, following a by-election for the riding of Iqaluit West held on September 12, 2011. Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk served as Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly, Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk served as Director of Programming for the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and spent 18 years in media. Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk is a former Director of Economic Development at Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. She has also served as President of the Nunavut Economic Forum, President of the Baffin Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Atuqtuarvik Corporation and Vice-President of Pauktuutit, the national organization representing Inuit women.

Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk lives in Iqaluit with her spouse, Eeneasie Kanayuk. They have five children, as well as several grandchildren.

Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk has had a lifelong passion for clothing design and sewing. In 1996, her former business, Arctic Creations, received the “Business of the Year” award from the Nunavut Chamber of Commerce.

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