Theresa was born near Baker Lake in the summer of 1937. Shortly afterwards her family moved to Meliadine River near Rankin Inlet because there was a greater food supply. During this time her older sister and younger brother succumbed to illness.

Theresa’s father committed suicide; afterwards her mother, Atuaraaqyuk, married a widower named Pierre Nipisa. At 19 years of age, Theresa married Simeoni Kanayok. During the month of March, 1958, Simeoni left to go hunting. Traveling on ice he fell through and drowned.

Theresa remarried April 4, 1959 to Norman Voisey. They raised 7 children including one adopted from her sister. In 1963 during her second year, Levinia, her third child, caught meningitis. She returned from treatment in Winnipeg unable to walk or talk and experienced daily seizures. Unable to care for her growing family and her daughter, Levinia was sent to the St. Theresa Hospital in Chesterfield Inlet where she remained until her death in 1986.

After her mother passed away in 1970, the family relocated to Baker Lake but 3 years later moved for the last time to the picturesque, coastal settlement of Whale Cove. Theresa became active with the municipal government, the housing authority, and as a director for the local Co-op. Also she acted as a lay-leader for the Roman Catholic Church. On April 18, 2008, Theresa passed away. Theresa was buried at Meliadine River next to her brother. Her daughter, Veronique, recalled, "Our mother's deep religious faith sustained her during the difficult times in her life. She left us children with the attitude that we should always strive to be the best we can be."


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Theresa Voisey
Inuit, Whale Cove
Image size: 11 x 13 inches
Edition size: 575