About Us

Apatakaa Translations is a 100% Indigenous owned company operated by Ms. Jeannie Nayoumealuk and Mr. Paul Palubeskie.

Meet Our Team Members

Apatakaa team member Jeannie

Jeannie Nayoumealuk

Jeannie grew up in Inukjuak, Nunavik.  Beginning with her childhood, she had been interpreting for her mother amongst many other situations where elders required language services and as she grew older, she seamlessly transitioned into the role of a freelance interpreter and translator in the region. From 2017-2024 she had taken on the role of Executive Director of the Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik developing programming for women and children in Nunavik. Her background is diverse including working with the Kativik School Board as a counselor in academic training, the Centre Director for Pitakaalak school in  Kuujjuaq Quebec, and roles with the northern village of Inukjuak, Jeannie’s home community. Presently, Jeannie plays a pivotal role at Apatakaa as President, verifying and ensuring the accuracy of all translations, all the while advocating the importance of the Inuktitut language.

Apatakaa team member Paul

Paul Palubeskie

Paul Palubeskie is a Metis from Ontario who has dedicated his career to the north. At the age of 20 he left home and moved to Iqaluit Nunavut where he used his knowledge and experience of a management position at Radio Shack and took a management position in Iqaluit. Seeing the possibilities of working in the north, Paul moved in a different career direction and was accepted to join a police academy and after graduation climbed the ranks to Sergeant on the Kativik Regional Police Force for 7 years. Paul comes from a very business-oriented family and therefore used his business skills and invested in a family run business operating out of Bancroft Ontario, but later decided to accept a position at Makivvik Corporation beginning in 2018 to become the Director of the Justice Department. His time there seen the department grow from 5 staff to over 35 employees and expanded the programming offered for Nunavimmiut. Today, he works alongside the friendly staff at Apatakaa to help serve you better.

Apatakaa team member Dannella

Dannella Okpik

Dannella Okpik is the Client Services Manager at Apatakaa Translations and grew up in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. She began her career with Makivvik Corporation back in 2017, where she worked and gained experience in various departments which lead her to managing a program up to 10 employees within the Justice Department between 2021 and 2023. Dannella began her career under the Justice Department, working alongside Paul Palubeskie in assisting with the development and expansion of one of many programs offered to Nunavimmiut. This is where she learned the valuable skills of coordinating a team and navigating through various challenges, all while performing her tasks in a professional manner. Apatakaa is proud to have such an asset on their team to work together with you!

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