George Lester Tuccaro
Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
Mr. Tuccaro was born on May 12, 1950, and is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation of northern Alberta.
In 1971, he began his long and distinguished career as an Announcer-Operator for CBC North Radio in Yellowknife. In 1979, he went to work for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs as a Communications Officer.
In 1981, Mr. Tuccaro returned to public broadcasting as a Coordinator of Aboriginal Languages Programming. He worked to recruit and develop aboriginal language talent, training Slavey, Chipewyan and Dogrib language reports for CBC North Radio. He also produced an international award-winning radio documentary on teen suicide in Canada’s North.
In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Tuccaro worked as the Coordinator of the Cultural Industries Program, and established a Northwest Territories booking agency for northern performing artists. He organized a variety of cultural events, which attracted performers for events in the North.
Between 1991 and 2002, Mr. Tuccaro returned to the airwaves as the host of the CBC North Radio afternoon program, Trails End. He also anchored Northbeat, the first northern daily current affairs television program.
Mr. Tuccaro retired in 2002, forming GLT Communications, a company he founded to assist in hosting major events in the North. Since then, the company has grown to include workshop presentations on issues such as healthy lifestyles, grief and loss, and the fallout from residential schools.
Mr. Tuccaro is a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2006 for Media & Communication. He has also served on the Northwest Territories Arts Council, the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Cultural Enhancement Committee, as a Juno Awards juror, and on the VANOC 2010 Opening/Closing Ceremony Planning Committee.
Mr. Tuccaro and his wife, Marilyn, have two children, Daryl and Amanda, and are the proud grandparents to Mikaela Rose.