Heather is the Assistant Director of the Policy Advancement Department at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national organization representing Canada’s 65,000 Inuit. She is originally from Baker Lake, Nunavut and currently lives in Ottawa. She has an Honours B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Ottawa and is currently studying for her Master of Arts in Education working with Professor Ruth Kane as her supervisor. She holds Summer Research Institute certificates in Knowledge Mobilization: Affecting Change for Program and Policy Development as well as in Community-Based Participatory Action Research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Alberta and is a Laureate of the 2013 Arctic Inspiration Prize. Heather has extensive experience in working with Inuit land claims regions, specifically in advancing Inuit Education. For example, through her role at ITK, Heather has collaborated with the University of Winnipeg and Cape Breton University in a study entitle, “Foundations for Student Persistence and Success in Inuit Nunangat” that included a National Forum that brought in Inuit and long term northern educators together to address the needs of Inuit Education. Heather is also a collaborator for the Inuit Language Atlas Map which is being developed by the Linguistics Department at Carleton University. Heather has also worked in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Research on Education and Community Services (CRECS) to develop an Evaluation Framework to monitor the Implementation of the National Strategy on Inuit Education and is overseeing its implementation.