Bonnie Ammaq

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Igloolik, Nunavut
Other namesRosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • Director
  • Actress
  • Samueli Ammaaq (father)
  • Micheline Ammaaq (mother)
  • Isa Ammaq
  • Wilma Ammaq
AwardsBest Short Documentary 2015 at the ImagineNative Film festival for Nowhere Land

Bonnie Ammaq is a director and actress from Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada[1], She is the 2015 best short documentary award winner for the film Nowhere Land.

Early Life

Bonnie Ammaq whom is also known as Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq, began her life in Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada. In 1986 when Bonnie was seven years old she left Igloolik with her parents and two siblings to live in an outpost camp on Baffin Island. Bonnie and her family lived in the outpost camp for eleven years. She was educated by her mother in reading and writing Enlish and Inukititut. Her Father Sameuli was able to provide for the family through hunting. In 1998 Bonnie moved back to Igloolik alone. Her family followed shortly after to audition for the movie Atanarjuat: Atanarjuat: Fast Runner, which was directed by Zacharias Kunuk. Bonnie's parents and siblings worked in the cast and crew of Atanarjuat.


Bonnie Ammaq played the role of Kunu in The Journals of Knud Ramussen (2006)[2]. Since that time she has made some films sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada[3]. In 2011, she directed short documentary Family Making Sleds which is part of the Stories from Our Land collection[4]. She directed the short documentary Nowhere Land (2015)[5]. Nowhere Land is the story of her childhood in the outpost camp and her return to Igloolik. The film was followed by an interactive photo essay called The Cache, which she co-created with her mother Michelline. The Cache is part of the Legacies 150 collection by the National Film Board[6].


  • The Journals Of Knud Ramussen (2006) — actor
  • Family Making Sleds (2011) —director
  • Nowhere Land (2015) —director, actor


Nowhere Land won the award from Best Short Documentary at the ImagineNative Film Festival[7].


  1. "Bonnie Ammaq". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  2. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-01-08
  3. Canada, Service (2015-10-05). "Emerging directors join leading Indigenous artists as imagineNATIVE features six NFB short films". gcnws. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  4. National Film Board of Canada. "Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq".
  5. News, Nunatsiaq (2015-03-04). "Photo: Nunavut director screens two NFB short films in Iqaluit". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  6. "There is plenty of food north of the Arctic Circle — caribou, walrus, seal, beluga, fish and polar bear". nationalpost. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  7. "2015 Award Winners — imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival". 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2021-01-08.

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