Jeela Palluq-Cloutier’s passion is to promote high quality standards of Inuktut, in spelling, grammar, and usage. She obtained her Bachelor of Education in 1994 (McGill University) and Master of Education, with thesis, in 2014 (Prince Edward Island University). As a teacher, she taught Inuktut in elementary and high schools in Iqaluit and Igloolik, including and in post-secondary programs in Ottawa (Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Carleton University). She also worked for Pirurvik Centre, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Inuit Uqausinngik Taiguusiliuqtiit, where she led work on documenting traditional and modern terminology, developing language training programs and materials, localizing modern technology interfaces, and establishing reference materials on standard orthography, grammar, and affixes. She further contributes to the development of literature for children and adults in Inuktut, through Inhabit Media and Inhabit Education Books, including authoring her own children’s books to promote naming practices and family terms.
Michelle Simpson is a professional illustrator & designer based out of the Niagara Region. Michelle graduated with a BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College and now works as a full-time freelance illustrator. She has worked as a concept artist at KeyFrame Animation for kids cartoons such as Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (season 2) and Tee and Mo (season 1).