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Joanna Laskey

Pilimmaksaivik (Federal Centre of Excellence, Inuit Employment in Nunavut)

Joanna Laskey is the Director of a new whole-of-government federal office based in Iqaluit, Nunavut: Pilimmaksaivik (Federal Centre of Excellence for Inuit Employment in Nunavut). Pilimmaksaivik is an Inuktitut word chosen by federal Inuit employees, translating roughly to ‘a place to develop skills through observations, mentoring, practice and effort’. This made it a perfect name for the new whole-of-government initiative focused on helping federal departments and agencies in Nunavut build towards a fully representative public service in Nunavut, including helping meet Canada’s obligations under Article 23 (Inuit Employment) of the Nunavut Agreement.  Ms. Laskey holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree (Honours in Philosophy) from St. Thomas University (Fredericton, New Brunswick) and Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (granted jointly by the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University), where her research focused on reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state. Since 2006, Ms. Laskey has held a number of positions in the federal public service focused on Indigenous peoples living in Canada’s North, including work to develop the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) as well as modern treaty implementation. Originally from New Brunswick, Ms. Laskey spent the bulk of her career with the Government of Canada in Ottawa. Since January 2014 she has resided in Iqaluit - occupying various positions with the Government of Canada focused on modern treaty negotiations and implementation, and, since its creation in May 2016, serving as the Director of Pilimmaksaivik.