Nalayeh and her husband Farid Jama Suleiman died after gunmen stormed the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo. Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic rebels have claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Nalayeh was born in Somalia and her family immigrated to Canada in 1984 when she was seven. She spent most of her life in Canada and developed her career as a journalist.
She started her own web-based video production company called Integration TV, which provided content to Somali viewers in Canada and around the world.
Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen said Nalayeh made immeasurable contributions to the Canadian Somali community.
"Through her work as a journalist, she highlighted the community's positive stories and contributions in Canada, and became a voice for many," said Hussen, who is also a Somali-Canadian.
"Her work, particularly in helping women and youth, strengthened the ties between Canada's Somali community and Somalia, as it continues to go through stabilization and reconstruction. We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed in the Kismayo attack," the minister added.
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