Nancy Karetak-Lindell was born and raised in Arviat (formerly Eskimo Point) on the west coast of Hudson Bay, known as the Keewatin Region of Nunavut.
In June 1997, she was elected as the first member of the House of Commons for the new riding of Nunavut besides being the first female member of Parliament for the Eastern Arctic.
After completion of high school in Yellowknife and Ottawa, Ms. Karetak-Lindell moved back home to begin a long involvement with local community groups and organizations as a volunteer with a special focus on social development, education, youth and sports.
Previous employment includes 15 years in managerial positions for the Arviat Housing Association and a private business, Eskimo Point Lumber Supply. During this time she sat on the local education council, Arviat Hamlet Council, regional education board, Kivalliq Inuit Association, NWT Power Corporation, Nunavut Arctic College and the Canada Day Committee.
Currently, Ms. Karetak-Lindell is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. She was a key player in the process of establishing Nunavut as a political jurisdiction in Canada and participated in the negotiations.
Since June 1997, Ms. Karetak-Lindell has proudly and effectively represented her constituents at home and abroad, but most importantly to the House of Commons.
She has four sons and credits the strong family support she receives for her achievements.