Aaju Peter is an Inuit activist and recipient of the Order of Canada (2012) for her tireless work in preserving Inuit culture. Born in Arkisserniaq, a northern Greenland community in 1960, she attended school in Denmark where she learned German, French, English, Latin, and Danish. In 1981, she moved to Iqaluit, where she learned Inuktitut. She went on to work as an interpreter, working closely with various Inuit women’s organizations. Building on her studies at Nunavut Arctic College, she went to study law and was called to the bar in 2007. As a lawyer, she is working to end the European ban on seal product imports, championing the Inuit right to be involved in issues related to Arctic waters, and finding ways to protect traditional Inuit and sustainable hunting practices. She also designs and works in her own sealskin garment business. She has travelled Greenland, Europe and Canada, performing modern drum dance, traditional singing and displaying her sealskin fashions. Aaju currently lives in Iqaluit.
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