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Nancy Karetak-Lindell named Director of the Arctic Voices Fellowships

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    Nancy Karetak-Lindell, former Nunavut MP, to head major Arctic initiative launched by the Gordon Foundation
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      Nancy Karetak-Lindell, former Nunavut MP, to head major Arctic initiative
      launched by the Gordon Foundation


      TORONTO, ON, ARVIAT, NU and NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - Nancy
      Karetak-Lindell is named Director of the Arctic Voices Fellowships, a new
      and innovative program created by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.
      The program aims to strengthen the participation of northerners in shaping
      policies governing the Canadian Arctic. Her appointment was announced today
      by Thomas S. Axworthy, President and CEO of the Gordon Foundation.

      "Mrs. Karetak-Lindell brings the unique combination of extensive knowledge
      about the Canadian north, significant experience shaping public policy at
      the federal, territorial and local levels and a firm commitment to advanced
      education in the North," said Mr. Axworthy. "Nancy's contribution will
      strengthen and develop the Gordon Foundation's vision for the Arctic Voices
      Fellowships. Her experience and approach make her the ideal choice to lead
      the program."

      The Fellowships will provide financial, educational, mentoring, and
      networking support to challenge and encourage Canadians from the north, ages
      25-35, to become engaged in shaping public policy. The program provides
      funding for 12 northern participants to give them the opportunity to
      research and develop public policy ideas at a time of great change in the
      North. Each participant will be awarded $25,000 spanning 2 years to help
      them engage in projects and to learn how to develop policies that reflect
      their knowledge of northern culture and values. The search for candidates
      begins in the Spring 2010. The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a family foundation based
      in New York, is helping fund this initiative.

      "We say that young adults are our future but we don't give them enough room
      to experience leadership roles," said Nancy Karetak-Lindell. "This program
      gives them an opportunity to challenge themselves and gain experience to
      become effective decision-makers and community-builders."

      Nancy Karetak-Lindell distinguished herself as the first Member of
      Parliament for Nunavut for four consecutive terms from 1997 to 2008,
      travelling and working with people across the Canadian north and south. It
      took her three years to visit all 25 remote communities across the vast area
      of her constituency. She has travelled in the Yukon, the Northwest
      Territories, Labrador and Nunavik in northern Quebec, as well as all the
      other Canadian provinces.

      Nancy, one of ten children, is the daughter of Johnny and Rhoda Karetak, and
      was born in the Inuit community of Arviat, Nunavut (formerly Eskimo Point,
      NWT). Her upbringing is influenced by the culture and values of the north
      and the south and she has retained her fluency in Inuktitut. She was sent to
      residential school in Yellowknife and attended high school in Ottawa. After
      spending seven years away from the north, she returned home and became
      deeply involved in her community.

      In Arviat, Nancy worked as a financial comptroller, was elected as a
      municipal councillor, served on the Education Council, and was appointed to
      the Board of Nunavut Arctic College. As an MP she served as parliamentary
      secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources in 2003. Throughout her
      parliamentary career she sat on the Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development
      and Natural Resources Committee as Vice-Chair and Chair. She served on other
      Committees with special relevance to the North including Fisheries and
      Oceans and Environment and Sustainable Development. She also served on the
      Child Custody and Access, Canadian Heritage, and Status of Women Committees.

      The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation was established in 1965 as a private
      charitable foundation. One of the major programming areas is the Canadian
      North. The mandate is to support research and education projects that
      enhance Northern peoples' ability to participate in and help shape public
      policy at any level - local, regional, national or international.

      The J.M. Kaplan Fund was established in 1945. It has recently expanded its
      programming mandate to include protection of Arctic coastal communities and
      waters. www.jmkfund.org

      /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at
      http://photos.newswire.ca Images are free to accredited members of the

      For further information: James Stauch, Vice President, Gordon Foundation,
      (416) 601-4776 x228 james@...; Nancy Karetak-Lindell, (867)
      857-2984, nancykl@...; Bio Notes and photo of Nancy are on website
      www.gordonfn.org; Photo is included in this release

      Nancy Karetak-Lindell, recently-named Director of Arctic Voices Fellowship,
      in Arviat, Nunavut, with Hudson Bay in background. (CNW Group/Walter &
      Duncan Gordon Foundation)

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