Annie Petaulassie

Craftmaker & Teacher

Annie Petaulassie

My name is Annie from Iqaluit, Nunavut. I am qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Education and I recently retired after 33 years of teaching experience. I have taught Inuktitut in all subjects; in the past I have taught Inuktitut as second language from kindergarten to grade 5. In 2008-09, I took a one year sabbatical leave to teach at Nunavut Sivuniksavut in Ottawa. I used to teach young people that were here for youth programs from across Canada how to make sealskin slippers and mitts.

My hobbies are sewing, beading and making hand crafts such as quilting, making crochet hats, sealskin broaches, hair clips, mitts, slippers, handbags, wall hangings, parkas, beaded slippers, and tops or parka covers with embroidery designs. I have won a Nunavut-wide art competition with one of my wall hangings, which is now featured on the cover of the Northwestel phone book.

I was brought up in a camp until I had to go to school, I have some knowledge of traditional life. I like to pass on our Inuktitut language, traditional songs and our history to younger generations. Last year I was selected by Facebook users for most liked of my sewing with sealskin items and won a wolf fur.

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