On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq was awarded Equal Voice’s EVE Award (Ottawa) during a nearly full house luncheon co-hosted by the Canadian Club and Equal Voice.
Prior to her election to federal politics in October of 2008, Leona served in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly as the MLA for the district of NATTILIK (communities of Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak). During this time, she was chosen to serve on Executive Council as Finance Minister and House Leader.
In 2008, she became the first Inuk in Canadian history to serve in the Cabinet of Canada when she was appointed as Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
Leona’s political experience also extends to municipal politics as she served as councilor with the Cambridge Bay municipal government for six years. Before seeking elected office, Leona gained valuable experience working for the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, most notably as Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
Leona Aglukkaq is the first sitting Minister and first Inuit woman to receive the award. She represents the federal constituency of Nunavut.
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