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Ookalik Curley


Ms. Curley was born in and continues to live in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She has been with the Government of Nunavut for 10 years now and was an employee of the Municipality of Iqaluit for over 8 years. She is a graduate of Churchill Vocational Centre and received her Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from Stitt Feld Handy Group and the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. She has been a member of various non-profit organizations in Iqaluit and is currently a member of Tukisigiarvik Society and Labour Standards Board.

Rosie Tanuyak-Ell
Executive Director 


Rosie Tanuyak-Ell was raised in Chesterfield Inlet. Rosie and her family moved to Coral Harbour in 1996. In the summer of 1999, she began working for the GN as the Income Support worker. Rosie commenced working with the Tribunal in March of 2006. She has found the experience thus far worthwhile as she finds it interesting dealing with cross cultural individuals and agencies.

Amanda Hanson Main
Member at Large 



Amanda Hanson Main is a self-employed contractor focused on regulatory processes in Nunavut, environmental and socio-economic assessment, and community and stakeholder engagement. She holds a Master of Science and has worked in the field of environmental assessment for nearly a decade, the majority of which was during her 8 years with the Nunavut Impact Review Board where she served as the Director, Technical Services. Amanda has spent terms sitting as a Board Member to the Alberta Public Interest Research Group and as a Councillor for the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay. She has also dedicated many hours to community, youth, and hockey programs in Nunavut. Amanda relocated from Alberta to Cambridge Bay in 2007 and more recently, in 2015 she and her family moved to her husband’s hometown of Arviat.

Trisha Makpah
Member at Large 


Trisha Makpah was appointed to the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal in December, 2014. She currently lives in Rankin Inlet where she grew up and has been working for the Government of Nunavut for 15 years, currently with Nunavut Liquor Management as the Manager, Licensing & Enforcement. Trisha has 4 children between the ages of 1 and 18. She has a Diploma in Management Development and is currently taking courses through correspondence. She is the Chairperson for a local non-profit organization (volunteer position). She has always been interested in the adjudicative process.

Maureen Doherty
Kivalliq representative 


Maureen Doherty is Coordinator of Community Programs Kivalliq for Nunavut Arctic College. She holds a Master of Adult Education and has worked in the field of adult education for many years since her arrival north in 1983. Maureen served as a Justice of the Peace in the Baffin Region and was Executive Director of Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women. She has been active in the Women’s, Human Rights, Disability and Pride Committees within the Public Service Alliance of Canada. A longtime resident of Nunavut, she has lived in Kimmirut, Arctic Bay, Nanisivik, Iqaluit, Igloolik and Rankin Inlet. Maureen served on the Steering Committee for the creation of the Nunavut Human Rights Act.

Leo Angootealuk
Human Rights Officer


Leo Angootealuk has been a Human Rights Officer since March of 2006. Prior to joining the Tribunal Leo worked at the Sakku School in Coral Harbour as a student support worker.

Reema Khawja
Legal Counsel


Reema Khawja specializes in human rights, administrative law and constitutional law. She has worked for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Human Rights Commission for over eleven years. She has also practiced law in the Constitutional Law Branch at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and as a litigation lawyer with the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault.

Sheriden Barnett

Sheriden Barnett is the founder of the Boreal Centre for Dispute Resolution, located on the north shore of Lake Superior at Thunder Bay, Ontario. She has studied conflict theory, mediation and peace building extensively, including at the internationally recognized International Conflict Research Institute at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and at Osgoode Hall Law School where she earned a Master of Laws (ADR) degree in 2004.

Since 1988, Sheriden has worked with Federal, Territorial and First Nations governments in the areas of conflict resolution, land claims, and human rights. She has been working with the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal as a mediator, trainer, and mentor since its inception.