Goota Desmarais grew up on the south shore of Baffin Island in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her early childhood was spent in a modern Inuit settlement during the winters and in a traditional camp during the summers.
Goota is now an urban Inuk, living in Sherwood Park, Alberta for the past 30 years. She stays connected to her Inuit culture through frequent visits to Nunavut and her involvement on the board of the Edmonton Inuit Cultural Society and Edmontonmiut Inuit. Through her business, Inuit Connections, Goota has been educating people about Nunavut and Inuit culture for over 20 years. She shares personal stories of growing up in the North that illustrate the unique Inuit way of life. Goota is currently working with Alberta Teacher’s Association in their Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Project.