Dorothy Tootoo, CD

2Lt Dorothy Atuat Tootoo, CD is an Inuk Elder, former student counsellor and residence manager with Nunavut Arctic College and a retired Reserve Army Training Officer. At age 50, she went through boot camp to earn her commission to support the Army Cadets in her community of Rankin Inlet. In 2012 she was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work as Commanding Officer of Rankin Inlet’s 3019 Army Cadet Corps.

In 2015 she was among the inaugural recipients of the Polar Medal. The Polar Medal is awarded to persons who render extraordinary services in the polar regions and Canada’s North, who have contributed to or endeavoured to promote a greater understanding of Canada’s Northern communities and its people, and who make significant contributions to polar exploration, knowledge, scientific research and the securement of Canada’s Northern sovereignty.