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Story of Annie Pootoogook

Annie Pootoogook, 46, was a well-known Inuk artist originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, who lived in Ottawa.


She was known for her drawings of contemporary Inuit culture.


On the morning of Sept. 19, 2016, her body was found in the Rideau River. Ottawa Police are investigating it as a suspicious death. They told relatives they were unable to determine if she was drowned by herself or by someone else. Because she was found in the river, DNA evidence was also difficult to gather.


She was buried in her home community, Cape Dorset.