Nancy was born on January 1, 1935, in the remote area of the Tha'anne River, outside of Arviat. Nancy's work is illustrative of the local Arviat style, in which family themes are depicted in a simple and abstract manner. This style is influenced by the locally available tough grey stone called steatite, which does not permit intricate details.
Inuit art scholar Susan Gustavison explains while Arviat is associated with abstraction, which naturalism as a component, the abstraction is an "aesthetic choice" and is not "totally related to the particular stone available".
Nancy's favoriate subject to depict is a mother carrying her child in the hood of her parka. The stone seems to come to life through the emotional connection that is evident between the child and its mother. These wonderful qualities are the reason why collectors worldwide appreciate Nancy's work.
Nany's work is part of numerous collections worldwide, including public collection at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.