Nellie J. Cournoyea

Born 1940; first Aboriginal woman government leader, North West Territories (1991-1995); first elected to NWT legislature 1979; Inuit land activist; co-founder of the Committee of Original Peoples’ Entitlement (1969); Chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation which conducts land claims (1996+).

 Further reading:

Better Ask Nellie: The Life and Times of Nellie Cournoyea . Producer, Sharon Bartlett and Maria Lerose. Vancouver: Force Four Entertainment, ©2004.

“Nellie J. Cournoyea,” Celebrating Women’s Achievements. Library and Archives Canada,  HYPERLINK “”