Annie Cookie was born in Inutalik in 1951. She grew up in Tupaijak before being relocated by ship to Sanikiluaq at the age of four or five. She was raised by her grandparents while her parents received treatment for tuberculosis in Hamilton and Toronto. Annie recalls that she and her grandparents lived in an igloo until 1962. During this time she practiced sewing and carving. In 1962, Annie was picked up by plane and sent to school. She experienced many hardships while at the hostel in Kuujjuaarpik. Annie says that although dogs were shot while she was away at school, she received no information about the incidents.