Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice for the Nunavut Government
Yvonne Niego grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, the geographical center of Canada which sits well into the mainland of Nunavut west inward from the coast of the Hudson Bay north of Manitoba, in the eastern arctic region known as the Kivalliq. She was the first person from her community to go to university, studying at the University of Calgary. Niego was first recruited to the RCMP in 1989 as a summer student, following in the footsteps of a great uncle who had been an RCMP Special Constable. She was sworn in to the RCMP in 1991, becoming the first female Inuk from Nunavut to become a full regular member in 1993 through an Aboriginal Constable Development Program. She began her career in Iqaluit and spent several years on the job in her home town of Baker Lake. She also spent some time away from the force, holding several positions with both the territorial and municipal governments. Niego was eventually recruited to the Community and Aboriginal Policing Directorate at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. Upon her return to Iqaluit, she was promoted to non-commissioned officer in charge of community policing for Nunavut, overseeing all community policing initiatives, including firearms safety. She’s also an accomplished crisis negotiator. On top of that, Niego has been or is active in other local organizations, including suicide prevention and youth groups. In September 2015, she retired from the RCMP and became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice for the Nunavut Government.