Indigenous Young Women: Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths

Charlotte Qamanig

Charlotte Qamaniq was born and raised in Nunavut. She is of Inuit and European ancestry and has two young children who also have First Nation’s ancestry.

Currently living in Ottawa, Charlotte works primarily with Tungasuvvingat Inuit – the Inuit community center that provides services to the Inuit community in Ontario as a cultural educator. She is also a traditional and contemporary throat singer who offers workshops and presentations focusing on Inuit culture to raise awareness locally, nationally, and internationally. Charlotte is a 2nd year alumni of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a training program affiliated with Algonquin College for Inuit students focusing on the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, Inuit culture and history, and Inuit governance past and present. Charlotte was recognized as a National Aboriginal Role Model by the National Aboriginal Health Organization in 2009 for her involvement in the cross Canada Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Walk in 2005 and for the release of a modern mix of contemporary music and throat singing album called ‘Tumivut’ (Our Footsteps). Charlotte is very passionate about her culture and history, both Inuit and European, and continues to work towards a healthier future for generations to come.