Andrea Anderson Tribunal Member

I am an Inuk youth from Makkovik, Nunatsiavut with some Norwegian descent who moved to Nunavut in 2017. I am a single mother of one and I work as a Physiotherapist out of the Qikitani General Hospital here in Iqaluit, NU. From my work I also travel to Kinngait, Qikiqtarjuaq, Iglulik, and Sanirajak to do community visits.

As a Physiotherapist I support and advocate for Inuit to regain their independence and functional mobility for everyday tasks. I work with all ages from babies to Elders.

I have over 15 years of experience working with grassroots community lead organizations, projects, committees and board representation stemming from Environmental responsibility, Youth outreach/ suicide prevention, Urban indigenous support/programming and a social advocate for Indigenous issues.

An example of a few of these are being on the executive board for the National Association of Friendship Centres where we would advocate for provincial and federal funding to support urban indigenous programming centres. Being one of the lead organizers of the Make Muskrat Right campaign for the hydroelectric project in Labrador and also leading a national Search and Rescue station petition for Labrador after a young Inuk boy, Burton Winters, succumb to hypothermia due to lack of services for Inuit communities in Northern Labrador. Most recently was leading the Iqaluit Water Fund once hydrocarbons were found in the city’s drinking water. Funds raised went to financially support safe measures to access clean drinking water via jugs, delivery, transportation and support for expecting mothers. Along with providing premixed formula.

I was always taught that it takes a whole community to raise a child and I believe this goes for everyone- no matter of age. We have to look after each other- it’s the Inuit way. By providing my knowledge and experience to the tribunal I hope it helps those who request our support.