ITK AGM Held In Inuvik Concludes With Natan Obed Re-Elected President

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami annual general meeting and election 2018 in Inuvik

The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Annual General Meeting concluded in Inuvik on August 15, 2018. 

In addition to Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Chair and CEO Duane Smith, other Inuvialuit representation included David Ningeonan and Gerald Inglangasuk.

During the AGM, delegates discussed progress and achievements from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. They also discussed and decided on a number of issues and initiatives including:

  • To work with the federal government to support the development of Federal Child and Family Services Legislation.
  • Approved the establishment of a working group with representatives from the four Inuit regions to guide work around an Inuit-specific equivalent to Jordan’s Principle.
  • Implementation of the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy.
  • The Inuit Crown Partnership Committee and the commitment to continue work on shared priorities.
  • To establish a task group comprised of representatives of Inuit regions and Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) to review and develop a proposal to amend the ITK and ICC (Canada) by-laws, including elections procedures.

The ITK Board of Directors also used the time in Inuvik to discuss and decide on a number of issues and initiatives, including:

  • To continue the work of exploring a unified Inuktut orthography by establishing the Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq Development Team to research, develop and recommend standard spelling and grammar rules. The team will comprise two language experts from each of the Inuit regions plus non-voting representatives of urban Inuit.
  • Approved the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy for finalization and release outlining collaborative actions required on climate change.
  • Approved the 2018 National Inuit Strategy on Research Implementation Plan.
  • To continue working with the federal government to support the development of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis languages Legislation.
  • To continue the work on developing a tuberculosis elimination framework in parallel to Inuit regional action plans.
  • To continue the work on the Inuit Health Survey.

Completing the ITK AGM in Inuvik was the re-election of President Natan Obed by delegates from the four Inuit regions and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada. 

Obed was sworn in as President and officially closed the AGM.

"I am honoured to have been elected to serve as ITK's president for a second three-year term," Obed said. "I look forward to working to enhance and facilitate Inuit unity, to facilitate tangible steps toward Inuit self-determination, and to help chart a clear path for Canada in this time of reconciliation that recognizes the Inuit democracy and respects our rights in all the work that is to come.

"I'm glad that I have the trust from Inuit leadership to continue this work, and the growing trust from Inuit across Inuit Nunangat and wherever Inuit reside to undertake this role with respect, inclusion, and empathy."

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For more information on the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Annual General Meeting and election, please contact:

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