Canada’s national Inuit organization opens nominations for president

Terry Audla (Courtesy ITK)
Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s National Inuit organization. (Photo courtesy ITK)
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit organization, has opened nominations for its next president.

The election will take place on September 17th in the community of Cambridge Bay in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, ITK announced in a news release on Monday.

Any Inuk Canadian at least 18 years of age is eligible for nomination.

Canada's Inuit regions
  • Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut
  • Nunavik in Canada’s eastern province of Quebec
  • Nunatsiavut in the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories

ITK’s current president, Terry Audla, has held the position since 2012.

ITK was founded in 1971 and represents Canada’s approximately 60,000 Inuit  in areas including environment, politics and culture.

Nominations for this year’s election  close on August 17.

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Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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