Aaju Peter is an Inuit activist and a 2012 recipient of the Order of Canada for her efforts to preserve Inuit culture. Born in 1960 in Arkisserniaq, a northern Greenland community, Aaju moved up and down the west coast of her native country because of her father’s teaching and preaching career. At age eleven, Aaju attended school in Denmark, where she studied German, French, English, Latin, and Danish, before returning to Greenland at age eighteen. In 1981, she moved to Iqaluit, where she began speaking Inuktitut, working as an interpreter, and volunteering with various women’s organizations, before commencing her work in Inuit studies at Nunavut Arctic College. She has travelled across Greenland, Europe, and Canada, performing modern drum dance and traditional singing and displaying sealskin fashions. Currently, Aaju runs a home-based sealskin garment business, works as a translator, and advocates for Inuit rights. She graduated from Akitsiraq Law School in 2005 and was called to the bar in 2007.
Like What You’re Reading?
Fact-based journalism is our passion and your right.We’re asking readers like you to support The Walrus so we can continue to lead the Canadian conversation.
With COVID-19, now more than ever The Walrus’ journalism, fact checking, and online events play a critical role in informing and connecting people. From public health to education to the economy, this pandemic presents an opportunity to change things for the better.
We feature Canadian voices and expertise on stories that travel beyond our shores, and we firmly believe that this reporting can change the world around us. The Walrus covers it all with originality, depth, and thoughtfulness, bringing diverse perspectives to bear on essential conversations while setting the highest bar for fact-checking and rigour.
None of this would be possible without you.
As a nonprofit, we work hard to keep our costs low and our team lean, but this is a model that requires individual support to pay our contributors fairly and maintain the strength of our independent coverage.
Donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.