The 3rd Commissioner of Nunavut, Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, was appointed on April 21, 2005.
Born on the island of Qakutut, outside Kimmirut, Nunavut, she spent the first 11 years of her life speaking only Inuktitut and living in Qakutut and Kimmirut. She attended schools in Iqaluit, Qamanituaq and Toronto. She studied community development at St. Xavier University and received a diploma with honours in journalism from Nunavut Arctic College.
In addition to her work in journalism, Mrs. Hanson also served with the Government of the Northwest Territories as a community development worker, counsellor and Deputy Commissioner.
Mrs. Hanson has spent considerable time as a volunteer, helping to start a number of organizations in Iqaluit. These organizations include the Juvenile Court Committee, the Elders Group, the Inuit Cultural Group and the Quinuajuaq Society.
Mrs. Hanson lives in Iqaluit with her husband, Robert Hanson. They have five grown daughters.