A woman working to support troubled teenagers in an isolated Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic was named the world's best teacher on Sunday.

Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the 1-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in Dubai.

MacDonnell was recognized for her initiatives to tackle depression, teenage pregnancies and high rates of substance abuse as a teacher in Salluit, a village home to Quebec's second northernmost Inuit community, according to the award's website.

Salluit is only accessible by plane, and temperatures there can drop to minus 25 degrees Celsius in winter.

"I think as a teacher in a small Arctic community, your day never ends. The school doors may close – but the relationship with your students is continuous as you share the community with them," she is quoted on the award website as saying.

The 1 million dollars is awarded by the London-headquartered Varkey Foundation under the patronage of UAE leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

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