Les L. Carpenter is from the Beaufort Delta Region of the Northwest Territories, and more specifically, Sachs Harbour on Banksland. All of his early education took place in Inuvik, where he also attended the residential school facility, Stringer Hall, before studying at the University of Western Ontario in London. Les L. began his broadcasting career with the CBC at their facility in Inuvik where he spent over six years being educated, by the best of the best in Northern and Aboriginal Broadcasting, and ultimately led him to hosting some of the North’s most popular and successful programs.
In 1984, Les L. left broadcasting, and over the next 16 years took on a variety of roles and responsibilities which took him to over 28 countries around the world. Some of these roles included;
First Mayor of Sachs Harbour
Founding Chairman – Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Vice President – NWT Association of Municipalities
Commissioner – NWT Land Use Planning Commission
Canadian Vice President – Inuit Circumpolar Council
Chief Negotiator – Established two Canadian National Parks
Commissioner – NWT Constitutional Commission
Member – United Nations Special Task Force on Aboriginal Peoples
Special Advisor to Australia’s Aboriginal Peoples and Prime Minister’s Office
National Co-Chair – International Polar Year’s Health Committee
In 2000 after a 16 year hiatus Les L. was asked by Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon to step back into a career he always considered to be his calling, as a Radio and Television Host and Director of Radio. He considers his decision to return to be one of the most important in his life, and the eight years he spent in Whitehorse some of his happiest times.
In the fall of 2009, the Native Communications Society of the NWT asked Les L. to take on the position of Chief Executive Officer, which he readily accepted, and now resides in Yellowknife.