Inuit Community Leader, Arctic Sports Coach & Inuit High Jumper
Johnny Issaluk is the Iqaluit-based manager of Administrative Services, Government of Nunavut. Johnny received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions towards working with children and improving Inuit health and community well-being.
Johnny was a member of the 2012 Arctic Jubilee Expedition that successfully climbed the highest point of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Nunavut, and sent a video greeting to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II—sponsored by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the expedition was followed by schools in the UK and Canada, enabling approximately 17,400 students to learn about Inuit culture and this remote part of the Commonwealth and the Canadian High Arctic.(/span)
A successful competitor in arctic sports since the age of 16, including the Inuit high jump, Johnny coaches and trains youth in arctic sports. He’s a skilled hunter with a love of the land and his traditional roots.
Johnny Issaluk receives Diamond Jubilee medal http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2012-02/feb13_12awa.html
A must-see video: Johnny Issaluk doing the Inuit High Kick. A 2.5-minute short film, produced as part of the cultural celebrations at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Visit Johnny on National Geographic: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/hothouse-earth/block-photography